Italy-Brazil: 'Every kid' wants to play Brazil says Marchisio
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio says playing Brazil is something 'every kid' wants to do and believes it will provide an important test for Italy.
The Italian also claimed that his country ranks amongst the best in the world, alongside Spain and Germany as they prepare to face Brazil on Thursday.
"It's the game that every kid wants to play. It's the best," the 27-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Brazil is the home of spectacular football. It will be an important test for Italy, a check of the highest levels.
"We shouldn't take the match against Malta too easy, it is crucial in the race to the World Cup, considering the difficulties we've encountered in the first leg."
He then talked about the pride Juventus players have in being selected for their country, and revealed his belief that Italy are currently among the top three teams in the world.
He added: "We at Juventus are proud to have many players that represent a great national team, after years of really hard work at the club.
"Our national side, I think, is only behind Spain and Germany."