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ItalydefenderLeonardoBonucciexpectsamoremotivatedSpaintocomeseekingrevengefortheirearlyexitatEuro2016whenthesidesmeetinamouthwatering2018WorldCupqualifierinTurinonThursday。

ItalyhostLaRojaatJuventusStadiuminwhatistheirfirstmeetingsinceSpains2-0last-16defeattotheAzzurriattheStadedeFranceinJuneendedtheirhopesofarecordthirdconsecutiveEuropeanChampionshipcrown。

Bothhavesinceundergonecoachingchanges,GiampieroVenturareplacingAntonioConteattheItalyhelmandJulenLopeteguisteppinginforVicentedelBosque。

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WhileSpainputeightunansweredgoalspastminnowsLiechtensteinintheiropeningGroupGqualifierinLeonlastmonth,10-manItalyreturnedfromIsraelwiththepointsfromabattling3-1wininHaifa。

Inhissecondcompetitivegameincharge,aftersucceedingnow-ChelseamanagerConteduringthesummer,Venturaisunderpressuretodeliver。

AndBonucciwarned:WereexpectingadifferentSpainsidewithrespecttotheonewefacedattheEuros。

Theywillhavefreshmotivation,theyllbeinanewstateofmindandlookingtoavengetheirEuro2016defeat。

WehavetostepupagearwithrespecttohowweplayedagainstIsrael。

AskedifSpainwerefavourites,headded:Totally,yes。

AndifweretoupsetpredictionswellhavetoplaylikewedidattheEuros,withpace,commitmentandbybeingclinicalinfrontofgoal。

BarcelonaandSpainmidfielderSergioBusquetsadmittedTuesday:AttheEuroswemadeafewslipsbutnowitistimeforrevenge。

QualificationfortheWorldCupisatstakehere。

ExpectationsthatSpainandItalywillsticktotheformbookandtakemaximumpointsfromremaininghomeandawayfixturesagainstMacedonia,Liechtenstein,IsraelandAlbaniaremainhigh。

WithonlythegroupwinnersprogressingautomaticallytothefinalsinRussia,thatmeansItalyandSpainsdirectencounterstakeonspecialimportance。

AndifVenturaeverneededreminding,Busquetsadded:Itsnotadecisivematchforeitherofus,butitisimportanttofightforthetopspot,especiallyaswerethestrongestsidesinthegroup。

Ventura,whosuffereda3-1friendlydefeattoFranceonhismaidenoutingasItalycoach,isundernoillusionsashepreparestofaceoffagainstacoachwho,hesays,hasgivenSpainfreshenergyandconviction。

Theyrethestrongestopponentsinthegroup,hesaid。

SinceLopeteguitookovertheyvechangedthewaytheyplay,andtheirapproachtogames。

Hesgiventhemanadrenalineboost,andconviction。

Itsadelicategameforus,animportanttest。

AfterSpain,ItalyfaceMacedoniaawayonSundayinthemidstofahecticperiodformanymembersofhissquadwiththeirclubs。

Venturacomplained:Imgoingtohaveplayerswhowillhaveplayedsevengamesinthespaceof20days。

HeisexpectedtodeployShandongLunengstrikerGrazianoPelleandEderofInterMilaninattackinapreferred3-5-2。

Venturasall-JuventusBBCdefencewillbewithoutGiorgioChielliniasheservesasuspensionafterseeingredagainstIsrael,meaningAndreaBarzagliandLeonardoBonuccishouldwelcomeACMilansAlessioRomagnoliintothebackthree。

DespitetherelativeyouthfulnessofItaly,SpaincoachLopeteguisuggested:Italyaredifficultopponentsbecausetheyhavetopindividualplayersbutalsoacollectivestrengththatsbasedonyearsofexperience。

Theyvehadtheirownwayofworkingforalongtimenow,Idontthinkthechangeofcoachwillaffectthem。

ButVenturacountered:Imprettyconvincedthattowin,wellneedaspecialkindofperformance。

Itwontbeenoughtoplaywell60percentofthetime,ithastobe99percent。