Friday June 7 2013
Prandelli wants three more points

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists his side will be looking for victory against the Czech Republic on Friday.

Although a draw is widely seen as an acceptable result, the tactician wants his squad to leave Prague with all three points.

“This is a crucial match,” the former Fiorentina tactician noted.

“The boys are aware that lots of topics are covered in Press conferences while on international duty, but over these days we have only talked about this game amongst ourselves.

“They are an aggressive side, who play in all areas of the pitch. Their wide players get up and they have an important reference point in Tomas Rosicky.

“I’m not saying that a loss would ruin all of the work we have done so far, but we have to win.”

The Czechs have underlined Italy’s defensive strength in the build up to the game, but insisted that Prandelli’s side suffer counter-attacks.

“It’s a problem that all teams who attack encounter. We have to do well in preventing that. I’ll be happy with conceding a few counter-attacks if we spend most of the 90 minutes in their half.”

Italy have been working on a front two of Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli as Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has been frozen out of the set-up for disciplinary reasons.

“I don’t really want to discuss Osvaldo again,” the Coach added. “We’ve always called him up, he’s been a valid player for us, but now we have others.

“The important aspect is that over these past few days we have understood how to play without Osvaldo.”

Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Pirlo; De Rossi, Marchisio; Montolivo; El Shaarawy, Balotelli.