Friday May 18 2012
Prandelli: 'Italy's Total Football'

Cesare Prandelli insists Italy will play “in an attacking style inspired by the 1970s Total Football” at Euro 2012.

The Azzurri have had to reshuffle due to injuries and poor form from many of those who got them through qualifying, while their group includes Spain, Croatia and the Republic of Ireland.

“Which Italy will we see at the Euros? A modern team, capable of playing in an attacking style that is sparkling,” he told L’Equipe.

“I take inspiration from the 1970s Total Football practiced by Ajax, a team that were ahead of their time.

“We may not be packed with individual world class players, but we can do well. We are a good squad. I expect the team to be able to build the move, not passively wait for their opponents.

“We will attack, albeit with a great sense of balance between the various departments.”

Spain are the reigning World and European Champions, but Prandelli is not afraid.

“They are a very strong side, but not unbeatable. We must do well to win back the ball quickly and immediately move into our attack.”

However, the tactician did have criticism for the lack of enthusiasm around the Nazionale, especially after clubs rejected his proposed get-togethers during the season.

“When the important games arrive then everyone, from the fans to directors, become big supporters of the Italy squad. During the year, though, it is often forgotten what we do every day for this team.”

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