Thursday June 13 2013
Prandelli: 'Italy were charitable...'

Cesare Prandelli admits Italy “need to work on motivation and were too charitable” against Haiti.

The Azzurri were held to a 2-2 draw with Haiti after throwing away a 2-0 lead in the final six minutes.

“We were a little too charitable against Haiti,” said the Coach of that game organised to raise funds for the earthquake victims.

“We knew it could’ve been a struggle to play the day after arriving in Rio, but Haiti wanted to organise this friendly at all costs and we made them happy.

They are now preparing for the Confederations Cup and the squad visited the famous Corcovado Mountain today with its 38-metre Cristo Redentor statue.

“It is wonderful here and an emotional experience, as we had only seen it on television,” added Prandelli.

“You need a big climb to get up here and that helps you to see it a different way. This too is Brazil, as the country is not only about football.

“Now we have to get back on to the field because we need to work, above all on motivation. Hopefully this pilgrimage will help us too.”

Italy’s opening Confederations Cup game is on Sunday evening against Mexico.

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