Tuesday July 3 2012
Pirlo believes in Prandelli’s Italy

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo is delighted that national boss Cesare Prandelli has opted to continue his adventure with the side.

The tactician signed a four-year contract with the Federation following the 2010 World Cup, but he did consider stepping down after Euro 2012.

“Given what he was saying, it seemed as if he had a few doubts about his future,” the Juventus man told Sky Sport Italia.

“But we all knew that he wanted to create a new squad, with a new brand of football, and it would have been horrible to leave after reaching an unexpected Final.

“Now we are even more sure that we can do well with him.”

The Azzurri finished the championship as runners-up – the 4-0 loss to Spain perhaps taking away some of the shine from their tournament.

“There is bitterness about the Final which we lost badly, but we know that we did all that was possible,” the 33-year-old added. “We were very tired and playing against a great side.

“We played some good football and we went all the way to the last game, but we had a bad day. Spain too, after a few games played below their usual standard, gave it their best and caused us problems.”

The former Milan man had an outstanding tournament where he made a claim to lift the next Ballon d’Or.

“I don’t believe that I can win the Golden Ball,” he admitted. “For as long as there are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others around, it is right that they win it.”

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