Finland captain Tim Sparv singled out Marco Verratti as the Italy player to watch. “I really admire his style and physicality.”
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They are both in Group J along with Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Armenia.
“Without doubt Italy are the favourites to qualify from this group, everyone knows that, but Finland have made giant leaps forward lately, above all in our approach to the game,” said midfielder Sparv in his Press conference.
“We will have our opportunities to shine tomorrow.”
Sparv singled out Paris Saint-Germain star Verratti as the player he’s most looking forward to facing in Udine.
“There are many talented Italian players in the squad. Verratti might not be the biggest threat for us, but I do really admire his style and physicality.”
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