The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has questioned for a Serie A spherical to be postponed in a bid to enable the countrywide team’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup participate in-offs.
European champions Italy chance failing to qualify for a next consecutive Planet Cup just after ending powering Switzerland in their qualifying team, and they experience North Macedonia in a participate in-off in Palermo on March 24.
FIGC president Gabriele Gravina is eager to hold off the 30th round of Serie A fixtures, scheduled for the weekend of March 19-20, in order to give the Azzurri as considerably planning time as attainable.
“We have questioned for a postponement, and we hope that the league can grant (Italy coach) Roberto Mancini a several extra days,” Gravina advised Radio Anch’io Activity.
“It would be an additional ugly chapter if Italy unsuccessful to qualify for an function that symbolises football in our nation.”
Italy completed two factors guiding Switzerland in their qualifying team, as skipped penalties by Jorginho in both equally of their head-to-head conferences, – and 1-1 draws, proved highly-priced.
The winner of Italy’s very first enjoy-off will deal with both Portugal or Turkey in a winner-requires-all play-off ultimate on March 29 to come to a decision who qualifies for Qatar 2022.
“We will need to qualify, we have the ailments to do so,” Gravina explained.
“We created it challenging for ourselves by missing two really critical penalties.
“But Italy reply in times of issues.”