Mattia De Sciglio ruled out of Italy s World Cup opener against England
'It will create adversity for us as just as it will for them.'. Knock: The AC Milan defender picked up a calf strain in training for the Group D game. Barzagli firmly denied that Italy may be willing to settle for a draw if the players are struggling to cope with the conditions. Speaking ahead of the game Barzagli said Italy are confident they can cope with the heat and humidity in Manaus. The Azzurri prepared for the extreme conditions by doing specific training exercises in a sauna at their headquarters in Coverciano, Florence. Barzagli did express on Thursday concerns about his team's defence. 'In recent times, we have given away more goals than we wanted he said. 'But the important thing is to give solidity to our defence. To complicate matters for the two sides, organisers have confirmed that the pitch at the Amazonia Arena will not be in good shape. 'We've had an update stating that the pitch will not be in peak condition Barzagli said. Rome (Reuters) - The return of defenders Mattia De Sciglio and Phillipe Mexes, and goalkeeper Christian Abbiati should give troubled AC Milan a boost ahead of their trip to Livorno on Saturday. 'We cannot forget that this game could already be crucial in terms of the group he said. 'Hence the climate could impact the game but I don't think either side will plan to settle for a draw.'. 'But I think they will do all that they can to make it decent.'. Tactician: Cesare Prandelli will have to shuffle his defence to compensate for the loss of De Sciglio.