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Monday May 27 2013
Prandelli to consider Osvaldo action

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli will consider taking action against Roma’s Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, once he has assessed his fallout with Aurelio Andreazzoli.

The player reportedly insulted his Coach at the end of the Giallorossi’s 1-0 Coppa Italia Final defeat to Lazio on Sunday evening and then followed up Andreazzoli’s response with an insult via Twitter.

It was put to Prandelli soon after if this could impact on the player’s place at the summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil.

“I need to reflect in order to understand what has happened. I want to talk with the leaders at Roma and then you will know if there will be any consequences,” Prandelli told reporters today.

“I have considerations that I have to make, but I have not seen in detail what has happened. I want to understand that and then take any decisions.

“His tweet? I do not want to comment, I want to maintain a certain seriousness in dealing with these matters.”

Prandelli was talking at the first day of Italy’s training camp ahead of Friday evening’s friendly with San Marino.

The CT was asked of the prospect of resting Andrea Pirlo for the Confederations Cup this summer.

“For me it is a pleasure to see him in the national team, whilst if he wants to rest, we shall see.

“He remains a point of reference. If we need to recover him [for the Confederations Cup] then we will work appropriately, he is an indispensable player.

“He still has the quality to keep up with opponents as we have seen in Europe.

“We will evaluate if he is tired, but it is a secondary issue. If you have great motivation, fatigue is relative.”

Roma and Lazio players named in the provisional 31-man squad for the summer’s fixture list are not present at today’s training after their Coppa Italia Final on Sunday, which saw clashes between fans afterwards, with Roma’s fans attacking their own team’s bus.

“When these problems are tackled they are never looked at in the right spirit. For me, what I believe we all want is to get to and from the stadium in a different spirit.

“The violence is always the same, the same things happen in spite of how much we talk about it.

“We will also the issue of racism in these coming days. We have the ability as a team to deal with uncomfortable topics. In the past we have had to do it and we will do so again in the future.”

Italy face San Marino on Friday in a friendly, head out to the Czech Republic for a World Cup qualifier the following week and then travel to Brazil for the summer’s Confederations Cup.

“We started three years ago a difficult project. We’ve had some good responses. On the level of our play we have shown quality, but we have to raise our pace because this is what you need at international level.

“We have to do well against the Czech Republic, it is vital to get the three points and then be able to face the following commitments in the right mood.”

Gigi Riva announced his retirement from the Azzurri set-up after 50 years, but Prandelli hinted that his return may not be out of the question.

“We have tried to make him understand that the door is always open for him and at the same time we do not close the possibility of making use of his experience.

“In Brazil we could arrive with 10 from the World Cup. On the other hand, we have called Marco Sau, one that makes the luck for Coaches…”

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