Monday March 25 2013
Maldini hails Italy boss Prandelli

Cesare Maldini says that Cesare Prandelli is doing a fabulous job as head Coach of the Italian national side.

Prandelli took charge of the set-up after a disappointing showing at the 2010 World Cup. He got the team to the Final of Euro 2012 and is now plotting success at Brazil 2014.

“This national team is beautiful, fun and creates enthusiasm,” Maldini, who bossed the Azzurri at the 1998 World Cup, told Radio Onda Libera. “They are playing well and attracting attention.”

Prandelli has opened the door to youth and focused on getting the Azzurri playing a bright brand of football.

“Prandelli is the right man to take this side far,” the former Milan legend, father of Paolo Maldini, continued.

“He knows how to convey serenity and confidence. He’s wise, he explains things well and he avoids controversy.

“He also has so many youngsters who he can focus on with his eyes closed. Look at Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, players with extraordinary talent.

“They can only grow and mature.”

Italy, who drew 2-2 with Brazil in a friendly last Thursday, will face Malta in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

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