Verratti and Candreva: “We’re not scared of the responsibility”
Marco Verratti and Antonio Candreva are currently enjoying high points in their young careers. Verratti and his PSG teammates beat Chelsea, while Candreva is doing really well with Lazio in the Italian league. With World Cup Champions Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi ruled out of the upcoming games against Bulgaria and England, it could give both Veratti and Candreva chance to secure their places in the team and prove that they are capable permanent replacements. Italy coach Antonio Conte has said that it is time for Verratti to step up and take the lead in midfield. “I can take control in midfield and help to dictate the game, but only if I have the support of the rest of the squad. If you aren’t as talented as Messi or Maradona, you have to rely on your teammates. If I get the nod for either of the games, I hope to be able to grasp my chance. It would be great if I could symbolise the generation change because that would mean I’m doing well and the team counts on me. When Pirlo is available, it’s only normal that he plays. He is a champion and has won everything, while I still have to fight to earn my place in the squad. Perhaps the coach will let us play together in the future. I’m more than prepared to play in different positions, like I’ve done in the past,” said Verratti.