The transalpine international left a kiss before the clash with North Macedonia
Both teams have yet to win the matches against North Macedonia and Turkey, but the possible confrontation between Portugal and Italy is already heating up the World Cup play-offs. Verrati did not fail to comment on the virtual shock which could leave one of the last two European champions at home.
“The victory in the European Championship will go down in history, and that should give us extra strength. For the rest, I play with Portuguese team-mates. [Nuno Mendes e Danilo Pereira]and I know they are afraid of us,” he told the Italian press.
After an uneven qualifying round, in which Italy couldn’t do better than second place, Verrati recalled that the team had been doing some very good things lately.
“Along the way, we realized it was possible. We did something extraordinary playing with joy and enthusiasm,” he said.