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The World Cup needs Italy

Germany manager Joachim Low says the national team of Italy mustn’t miss the 2018 World Cup

The Azzurri are in serious danger of failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as GOAL reports.

The head coach of current world champions Germany described the possibility of Italy not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup as a “disaster”, as Ventura’s side need a win in their second game against Sweden, following a 1-0 loss to the Scandinavians.

Italy’s national XI will face Sweden on Monday at San Siro, trying to avoid missing out on the next World Cup.

Many people say Gian Piero Ventura will lose his job regardless of the result on Monday, as Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly ready to take over.

If however, Italy loses to Sweden on Monday, it is guaranteed that Ventura will need to find another job.

Joachim Low doesn’t have to worry about such problems, as Germany have already secured their place in the tournament.

Low talked to the media after their friendly against France, and said Sweden deserves the qualification, but Italy belongs in the Cup.

“It would be a disaster for Italy not to progress, but Sweden would deserve it too,” the coach explained.

“They developed well and have good individual players. I don’t mind the team which will progress in the end, but I am excited though, especially because of the first leg.”

The German manager went on to discuss news about the reigning world champion team, saying three of their key players Sami Khedira, Kevin Trapp and Toni Kroos are all ready to play.

“Kevin Trapp will start in goal, also Khedira and Kroos will start,” the head coach explained.

“These three positions will be definitely fresh, otherwise we will wait for the final training [to decide on the team],” he concluded.