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Marchetti ready to fill Buffon's gloves

June 18, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Italy goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is excited about the opportunity to fill in for injured Azzurri No.1 Gianluigi Buffon against New Zealand on Sunday.

Federico Marchetti Italy presser
GettyImagesFederico Marchetti has reportedly attracted interest from the Premier League

• Buffon to miss New Zealand game

Buffon was substituted in Italy's opening game against Paraguay, with tests revealing that he has has a herniated disc.

Marchetti, the goalkeeper of Serie A side Cagliari, came on as a substitute to help the Azzurri claim a 1-1 draw and insists he is happy to line-up between the posts again against the All Whites.

"I am convinced I can play a good game on Sunday,'' Marchetti said. "The other night against Paraguay, I knew that Gigi (Buffon) had a problem and hence I was mentally ready to replace him.''

Buffon has consistently been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for several years and Marchetti admits they have contrasting styles.

"Buffon and I are different,'' he said. "He is faster and more reactive. I am more muscular and explosive. I believe to have courage and awareness of your talent are the basis to have success.''

Marchetti made his senior debut last year and this is his first international tournament, but he does not appear fazed by the pressure on his shoulders.

"I feel the confidence of my team-mates,'' he said. "Buffon just told me to show what I'm capable of doing. He trusts me. I plan to enjoy Sunday's game, I am calm and ready to help the national team.''

Meanwhile, Marchetti says the Jabulani ball that is being used at the World Cup is just as difficult to control for the goalkeepers as it is for the other players.

"It's the worst ball in the past few international tournaments, according to Buffon and (Italy's third goalkeeper) Morgan De Sanctis,'' he said. "The trajectory is unpredictable. The ball seems to travel faster than usual and it makes it more awkward.''

Marchetti expects a stern test against New Zealand, who drew against Slovakia in Group F in their opening game.

"New Zealand are a physical side,'' he said. "They are strong in aerial play. What would happen if we lose? I'm not thinking about that, I just think about winning.''