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Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel
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Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel

Jun 23 2013, 3:12am CDT | by

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 (IANS) Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Brazil's 4-2...

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Prandelli looking forward to Spain duel

Jun 23 2013, 3:12am CDT | by

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 (IANS) Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Salvador (Brazil), June 23 — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team will have nothing to lose in the likely event of the Azzurri meeting Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Brazil's 4-2 victory over Italy Saturday has set up a tantalising rematch of last year's European Championship final in Fortaleza Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Only a loss to Nigeria for Spain and a Uruguay victory by 12 goals or more against Tahiti in Sunday's Group B matches would save Italy from meeting the reigning European and World Champions in the final four.

"Matches like these make you grow and if we face Spain we'll try to play our normal game," Prandelli said Saturday.

The 55-year-old insisted he was satisfied with his team's spirited second-half performance against Brazil at the Arena Fonte Nova.

"After halftime we played great. I'm very pleased with what I saw, the way we reacted and had desire to attack deep. Of course against sides of Brazil's quality, you are always at risk of conceding a goal if you make a mistake and unfortunately that is what happened to us," he said.

Brazil, meanwhile, will likely play Uruguay in Wednesday's other semifinal at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao Stadium, if Spain expectedly beats Nigeria.

The Selecao have now posted five wins and four draws since their last loss -- a 1-2 defeat to England at Wembley in February.

"This result (against Italy) gives us even more confidence. We are not going to get too excited because we still have work to do. But today we have beaten a quality opponent which shows we are on the right track," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

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Enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli has unsurprisingly become the scapegoat after Italy’s early elimination from the 2014 World Cup. Antonio Conte’s predecessor, Cesare Prandelli, relied on ‘Super Mario’ to be a prolific finisher for the Azzurri, a task which Balotelli overall failed to accomplish on the world stage. Conte did not call-up Balotelli for the matches against the Netherlands and Norway in the latest international break, giving the opportunity to other young f ...
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OSLO, Norway — Italy beat Norway 2-0 in its opening European Championship qualifier on Tuesday as Antonio Conte extended his winning start as coach. Simone Zaza scored his first international goal in the 16th minute as Italy showed little sign of missing suspended striker Mario Balotelli. Strike partner Ciro Immobile was offside and in the goalkeeper’s line of vision, but the referee waved away Norway’s protests. Leonardo Bonucc ...
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Italy beat Norway 2-0 in Euro qualifying opener

Sep 9 2014 3:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OSLO, Norway — Italy beat Norway 2-0 in its opening European Championship qualifier on Tuesday as Antonio Conte extended his winning start as coach. Simone Zaza scored his first international goal in the 16th minute as Italy showed little sign of missing suspended striker Mario Balotelli. Strike partner Ciro Immobile was offside and in the goalkeeper’s line of vision, but the referee waved away Norway’s protests. Leonardo Bonucci doubled Italy’s lead shortly after the hour mark. Zaza also hi ...
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Italy beat Norway 2-0 in Euro qualifying opener

Sep 9 2014 3:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OSLO, Norway — Italy beat Norway 2-0 in its opening European Championship qualifier on Tuesday as Antonio Conte extended his winning start as coach. Simone Zaza scored his first international goal in the 16th minute as Italy showed little sign of missing suspended striker Mario Balotelli. Strike partner Ciro Immobile was offside and in the goalkeeper’s line of vision, but the referee waved away Norway’s protests. Leonardo Bonucci doubled Italy’s lead shortly after the hour mark. Za ...
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Extra man: Conte’s Italy solution

Sep 7 2014 10:33am CDT | Source: forzitalianfootball

Italy needed to freshen up and change ideas after Cesare Prandelli’s side suffered another ignominious group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The man who now has the task of restoring pride to the Italian national team is former Juventus coach Antonio Conte. Conte started his Azzurri reign with a 2-0 win against the Netherlands in Bari and the hallmarks of his Juve sides were already apparent. Italy were compact, pressed well, and played in a 3-5-2 formation. Although the ...
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De Rossi: 'I didn't slam Balotelli'

Sep 4 2014 4:34pm CDT | Source: Football Italia

Daniele De Rossi saw “the right reaction” from Italy, but denied criticising Mario Balotelli and Cesare Prande ...
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Why Juventus Star Andrea Pirlo Must Remain Focal Point for Antonio Conte's Italy

Sep 3 2014 7:48am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Italy's sudden and subdued exit at the 2014 World Cup seemed to herald the end of an era for the national team, with the likes of Andrea Pirlo set to retire and goalkeeper and captain Gigi Buffon, at 36 years of age, unlikely to feature at another finals. Cesare Prandelli stepped down after Brazil 2014, with former Juventus manager Antonio Conte taking his place—and Conte was soon handed an early boost to his reign when playmaker Pirlo told him he would still be ...
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