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Monday March 24 2014
Donadoni: Italy can go all the way

Parma boss Roberto Donadoni believes that Italy can go all the way at the World Cup this summer.

The Azzurri have been placed in Group D alongside Uruguay, England and Costa Rica for the tournament in Brazil.

And the Gialloblu is confident that the Azzurri can strike a challenge.

“It could happen,” he told fifa.com. “Obviously it won’t be easy, but I think it’s possible.

“Italy have definitely got the potential and technical ability to go all the way. It’s all going to depend on the form the players are in at the end of a long season.”

The tactician then commented on his appointment at national team in 2006.

“It certainly came about quickly, but I didn’t become head Coach of the national team just like that.

“I’d already worked for a few clubs. It really was a great privilege, and the start of a great adventure that means an awful lot in my career.

“We qualified for Euro 2008 before being beaten on penalties by Spain in the quarter-finals. It was an important and positive phase in my career for me, and when I left the national team they were still second in the FIFA Ranking, which shows that it was a job done well.

“When I took over there were still some players in the side whom I’d played with. I think that made it easier for me to shape the team and build up a good relationship with the players from the off.

“I get quite emotional when I think about that whole period because I was charge of my country’s team. I’m very proud to have had that opportunity.”

Donadoni went on to remark on Italy’s changing style of play under Cesare Prandelli, and his relationship with former club Milan.

“I think it’s really great to see. I know Cesare Prandelli well, having played alongside him at Atalanta.

“He has a huge amount of experience and I share his vision of football. It’s a vision that’s helped him get good results. Obviously it’s not easy to create a positive mindset.

“It takes time. I don’t think every club has taken it on board yet, but I’m sure it’s going to happen.

“I’ve been a Rossoneri fan for as long as I can remember, and even when I played for Atalanta later in my career I was still supporting Milan.

“The years I spent with Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello were essential to my career as a player.

“Both of them taught me so much. I try to play the same role today, passing on the same messages to the players I Coach.”

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