Coach: Italy inspired by World Cup failure

GREAT START: Giaccherini scoring Italy's first goal in the 2-0 win. Belgium, while blessed with top players, never really found the finishing touch.


    Jun 15, 2016

    Coach: Italy inspired by World Cup failure


    ITALY'S Antonio Conte says the "open wound" of their 2014 World Cup failure should inspire the Azzurri to success at Euro 2016 after their impressive 2-0 win over Belgium.

    Goals in either half from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle saw Italy floor much-fancied Belgium at the Stade de Lyon on Monday.

    Italy threw down a marker to show they plan to be a force to be reckoned with at this tournament.

    But Conte said the Azzurri's failure at the 2014 World Cup, where an opening win over England, then defeats to Uruguay and Costa Rica sent them home after the group stages, must inspire Italy at Euro 2016.

    Italy's head coach, who will leave to take over Chelsea after the finals, said their opening Group E win alone is not enough to make them favourites for the title in France.

    But he hopes the victory will boost confidence for the coming Group E games against Sweden and Ireland.

    "I don't think a single game can change people's assessments and we still have an open wound from the World Cup when even a good performance against England meant nothing as we still went out," said Conte.

    "They have realised that to make waves here, they need to do something extraordinary, nothing ordinary."