Del Piero: "Remember that goals sell tickets, but defence wins you titles."

  • Italy legend believes Conte's defence will be vital in the Euros.

  • Italy's main strength lies in defence in veterans Gianluigi Buffon and centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus.


Italy great Alessandro Del Piero has backed Antonio Conte's side to do well in the Euro 2016 which starts in France on Friday.


The former Juventus attacker is convinced the Italy defence will be key in their quest to win the Euro title, and he also said Conte's formation will help the side despite the absence of Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio due to injury. "Remember that goals sell tickets, but defence wins you titles – we only conceded twice in 2006," Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio are missing in midfield – two great players – but Conte's formation means everyone is involved. I hope that the strikers have saved their goals for the tournament. "It can happen as long as the players have human and technical qualities. There are certain matches when things just click. The fact Italy enter his tournament facing some criticism, like 2006 and 1982, leaves me hopeful."

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