Lippi hungry for Azzurri glory

09 July 2006 02:09
Italy coach Marcello Lippi is hoping that his side will have the extra hunger needed to beat France and emerge victorious from the World Cup final in Berlin. Les Bleus won the World Cup on home soil in 1998, before European Championship success two years later and Lippi hopes that his players will want to taste some glory themselves. He said: "Among the many things on the table there will be the organisation of the teams, the technical quality and the great players on both sides. We will also see who has the most hunger. "They have won a World Cup and a European Championship while this generation of (Italian) players has only got close to that. "That is what is on the table, we have the fork in our hand and let's see what happens. "I absolutely refuse this attitude of 'however it goes, it will be a great occasion' and all the rest. "How many times in your life do you get the chance to win the World Cup? We have to be furious if we lose. "Every day the desire, the confidence and the conviction of the team has grown, but at the same time the quality of the opposition has also improved."

Source: ESA