Ventura: Italy simply have to win
Italy head coach Giampiero Ventura has told his players all that matters is getting a result after a 1-0 loss in Sweden in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off.
A deflected effort from Jakob Johansson proved to be the only goal of the game in Stockholm, leaving the Azzurri in real danger of missing out on a World Cup finals spot for the first time since 1958.
We have to turn everything on its head back in Milan.Giampiero Ventura
They have a chance to turn things around in the second leg on Monday evening, with Ventura hoping for a big performance from his players in the San Siro in Milan.
He told reporters: "This result is punishing, we have to turn everything on its head back in Milan.
"The San Siro must give us a hand too, but it is up to us to deliver a great performance for our fans. Now all that matters is getting the result.
"We will change some things, but the system needs to be put aside, what counts now is the desire and determination to turn the result around.
"Pressure is perennial in Italy, that's just how the game works."
Italy will be without midfielder Marco Verratti for the second leg, with the Paris Saint-Germain star picking up a yellow card in Stockholm.
The Azzurri have own their last four home games against the Swedes by a single goal, as they did at the European Championship in the summer of 2016, when Eder netted the only goal of the game two minutes from time.
Italy can currently be backed at 12121/1 to win the World Cup in Russia next summer, with France 1/2 and holders Germany 12121/1.
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