Daniele De Rossi fears that Italy's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup could be hindered by greed in the domestic game.
The Roma midfielder wants the 2017-18 Serie A season to begin earlier so that the Azzurri players can prepare sufficiently for the Group G showdown with Spain on September 2.
With only one team qualifying automatically and the two nations locked on 10 points after four games, it looks set to be a straight shootout between Giampiero Ventura's side and the 2010 world champions for top spot.
"Ahead of that game, it would be very important to have a few more minutes in our legs," De Rossi said after his side's 0-0 draw with Germany, echoing the sentiments of his coach.
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