Cesare Prandelli says Italy will not be scared of their critics when they take on Brazilian club side Fluminense on Sunday.
The match will be the Azzurri’s first since their arrival in Brazil as they ramp up their preparations for their opening World Cup encounter, against England next Saturday.
Speaking at a Press conference today, the 56-year-old tactician added that he does not expect his team to be in the best physical shape for Sunday’s friendly but stressed that will make it an even more useful exercise.
“We won’t be in good shape but we need this shock,” Prandelli told reporters. “I am convinced that during the difficulties I will see how to improve the team even more.
“Against Fluminense we won’t be scared of the critics and the fools, because we need to go out onto the pitch to learn a lot of things.
“History tells us that the national team has always given important responses to moments of difficulty. Previous years are a testimony in that sense.
“I am convinced we can do well without creating crises and problems.”
The former Fiorentina boss also said some of his players are at varying levels of fitness.
“In this phase, we have also seen it during the matches that there are some players who are fine, the young players.
“Then, the four central defenders have a few minor problems, though they are all recoverable. The team has worked a lot, now they need a few days of recovery.”