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Romania players say they need to go on the offensive against Italy

Romania players say they need to go on the offensive against Italy

Romania players have been buoyed by Italy's implosion against the Netherlands and are aiming to attack when they meet the Azzurri in the team's next European Championship game.
Romania was trying not to give too much away on Tuesday, but midfielder Razvan Cocis said that the team needs to start scoring to be in with a chance of defeating Italy and getting out of Group C. Romania opened with a better-than-expected 0-0 draw with France on Monday,
"We forgot about our attack," Cocis said. "We have to win a match to get out of the group. We have to score to win."
But striker Ciprian Marica needed treatment in a hospital for a head injury he sustained during training on Tuesday, and his prospects for the match against Italy were uncertain.
Romania had no real chances to score against France, with leading forward Adrian Mutu lacking support form other attackers and getting hemmed in by French defense.
However, captain Cristian Chivu said the game had been successful and the defensive tactics that limited French chances on goal provide a firm platform on which to build to face Italy on Friday.
"We closed their spaces," Chivu said. "They didn't have the possibility of attacking us."
Cocis, who plays at Lokomotiv Moscow, promised a game against Italy with "more attack. They have a very good team."
Italy lost 3-0 on Monday and is in last place on the standings, leaving it desperate for a win against Romania.
Romania defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the qualifying round for the Euro 2008 and drew the away match, so the team has reason to be confident.
Also, four of Romania's squad play for Italian clubs including Chivu _ who is at Inter Milan _ and Fiorentina striker Mutu, who played only 75 minutes against France. Coach Victor Piturca promised that in Friday's Italy match, fans would see "the real Mutu."
Pressed by more than a dozen Italian journalists, Chivu was trying not to give anything away.
"For Italy it's not going to be easy," he said. "They will come to win and we don't want to lose. We want to qualify."
Veteran defender Cosmin Contra who plays for Spain's Getafe was more forthcoming.
"We need to do more in the offensive position," he said. "We need to create more danger. I think we can do that. Italy is more under pressure than us. If they don't win against us, they will go home."
Contra said that Italy's strikers could pose a threat, "but in defense they have problems."
However, Chivu said he would not give a prediction of match strategy.
"It's easy to talk but it's harder to play," he said. "On the pitch you do what you feel."


Updated : 2021-04-13 17:54 GMT+08:00