Lippi - We will play for win

One point will do for Italy, but not for their boss

Lippi: Going for win

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Italy coach Marcello Lippi insists he will not be playing for a draw against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

The Azzurri lead Group 8 by four points ahead of second-placed Ireland with two games remaining, and just one point would secure qualification for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

But Lippi insists that the world champions, who take on Cyprus in their final group game next Wednesday, will not go into the game with a negative mindset and play for the draw.

"It's very important for us to qualify on Saturday," he said. "Not only from my point of view but for everyone involved.

"This is the most important week for us in the last two years. There are two results out of a possible three that will benefit us in Dublin.

"We need a point but it will be a mistake to play for the draw, we have to play our game.

"If we don't get the result in Dublin then we will go out on Wednesday to claim three points."

Asked whether he would recall Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano to the national side, Lippi responded with a short answer.

"I am fed up with this question," he added.