Italy coach Roberto Donadoni believes his side is back in contention for qualifying for Euro 2008, following their six-point haul in their last two qualifying matches.
The Italians followed up Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ukraine with a 3-1 victory in Georgia on Wednesday and are now third in the group, two points behind leaders Scotland and France.
“We’ve got all our cards in our hand now,” said Donadoni.
“The spirit I saw from the team was close to the one we had at the World Cup. We needed these wins in order to improve our position in the standings but also to calm us down a little,” added the man who replaced Marcello Lippi after Italy’s World Cup triumph in Germany.
Donadoni’s spell in charge coincided with a downturn in form for the world champions; a home draw with Lithuania and a defeat against France in Paris in his first two qualifiers, undermined the start of their campaign.
“It is a finely balanced group and I think that is now an advantage for us,” added Donadoni.
“I think everyone did well, it was a decent game,” Donadoni said of his team’s display in Georgia. “Certainly there are things to improve on as always but the main thing is that the spirit was right and we should a real desire to win.
“It is never easy to follow up one win with another and we could have done better at controlling things after we went 1-0 up.