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Buffon: Italy very different team from last game with Spain

David Villa is Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer with 59 goals David Villa is Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer with 59 goals
Dantel Valero | Setiembre 02, 2017, 00:34

"What we're concerned about is that there's a place at the World Cup at stake and, above all, it's at a grand stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu", he said.

SPAIN take on Italy in World Cup qualifying for the second time after the two former world champions were bizarrely drawn in the same group. Because of that, I've decided to wear this shirt which the President of the FIGC [Carlo] Tavecchio gave to me before this mission.

"I think about things day by day", he told reporters on Friday ahead of a crunch clash with Italy in Madrid.

"Pique has been an exemplary player for the Spanish national team".

While Russia 2018 looms large at the end of the season, Villa insists he is concentrating only on helping Spain cement their place at the top of Group G.

Spain face Italy and Liechtenstein in crucial World Cup qualifying ties.

A 1-1 draw in Turin last October and a superior goal difference means a draw would leave Spain still in the driving seat with three more qualifiers to come.

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"The No.7 belongs to David Villa", said the Chelsea forward upon rejoining with the national team.

The Real Madrid players in the squad will be in front of their home fans and Isco, Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Dani Carvajal should all be in Lopetegui's starting 11, with Isco slotting in behind the strikers looking to link midfield and attack.

Yet, the Azzurri have historically proved Spain's bogey side.

Italy have not qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia yet.

This latest selection could allow Villa to reach the coveted 100 caps for his country - he's currently on 97 - and held the record for the most goals scored for Spain, with 59.

Andrea Belotti of Torino and Ciro Immobile of Lazio will lead the Italian attack.