Lippi stepped down after the World Cup win and his successor, Roberto Donadoni, faces a battle to ensure the Azzurri qualify for Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.
Rumours intensified of a change this week after Italy lost a friendly in Hungary, but Abete told journalists: "The reports are off the mark. Don´t forget that in five competitive matches the national team has obtained five wins despite a difficult start."
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