Massimiliano Esposito, Italy coach
A hard-fought victory. It was the opening match and the excitement got to us a bit. We struggled at the start but then began to play like we know we can. It was an important response from the team, which showed great compactness and desire to win. If we play as a unit like we did this evening we can go far. As for Iran we didn’t know anything about them, they were an unknown quantity to us. They proved tough to beat. Now we’re thinking ahead to Senegal, who have had a great result against Switzerland.