Wednesday June 27 2012
Lippi: 'My Prandelli grade'

Marcello Lippi has praised Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli and pledged to further upgrade his opinion if they beat Germany to reach the Final.

“Prandelli has done a great job over the last two years,” said the 2006 World Cup winner, now in China with Guangzhou Evergrande.

“For now I’d give him eight out of 10, but if he managed to win the competition then I could raise that grade even further.

“Antonio Cassano or Alessandro Diamanti? Whoever steps on to the field, I think our strikers must be decisive tomorrow. It will be the game of their lives.

“Germany are strong and without doubt Mesut Ozil is their key player. I hope he is on the field, though, so if Germany lose they won’t have anything to cry and complain about.”

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