Lippi stays positive

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Italy coach Marcello Lippi says he will not be pressured into making changes to his formation after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Scotland on Saturday.

The Azzurri dominated the game but had to work hard to claw back Kenny Miller's strike as they missed a good chance to secure their status at the top of Group Five.

Lippi went into the tie with a three-way strike-force comprising Vincenzo Iaquinta, Francesco Totti and Christian Vieri, whilst Milan starlet Alberto Gilardino was surprisingly omitted from the squad before kick-off.

The former Parma star could well be brought back into the fold for Wednesday's trip to Belarus, and Lippi insisted he would continue to employ the positive tactic whilst denying that the draw at Hampden Park represented a regression for the Azzurri.

"I'm absolutely optimistic, we did a step forward and we will continue with the three forwards," said Lippi.

"The press are free to criticise my choices but let me have the right to make my choices.

"Anyway I repeat in Glasgow I've seen a good Italy who answered to Scotland.

"Should we have scored first, as it happened in Dublin [in the 2-1 friendly win over Republic of Ireland], we would have seen a different match."

Lippi will be without suspended duo Gianluca Zambrotta and Daniele De Rossi for the trip to Minsk after they were cautioned against Walter Smith's side.

Contrary to his post-match comments the Italy boss has now indicated that he is likely to resist any new call-ups and will keep faith with the current members of his squad.

"I have faith in [Christian] Zaccardo and [Daniele] Bonera who are two emerging players," Lippi insisted.

Both Zambrotta and De Rossi returned to Italy on Sunday morning whilst the rest of the squad remain in Scotland until Tuesday.