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Marchetti ready to face New Zealand
Published : 18 Jun 2010 12:58:51Rss feed
Italy goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is excited about the opportunity to fill in for injured veteran Gianluigi Buffon on Sunday against New Zealand.
Buffon has a herniated disc which forced him to leave Italy's opening game against Paraguay, and Marchetti came on as a substitute to help the Azzurri claim a 1-1 draw.
"I am convinced I can play a good game on Sunday," said Marchetti, the goalkeeper of Serie A side Cagliari. "The other night against Paraguay, I knew that Gigi (Buffon) had a problem and hence I was mentally ready to replace him."
Buffon has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for several years and Marchetti admits they have contrasting styles.
"Buffon and I are different," he said. "He is faster and more reactive. I am more muscular and explosive.
"I believe to have courage and awareness of your talent is the basis to have success."