Sunday November 17 2013
Prandelli wants Italy 'enthusiasm'

Cesare Prandelli is ready to unleash Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi on Nigeria, but wants “more enthusiasm” around the Azzurri.

Italy play Nigeria at London’s Craven Cottage on Monday at 19.45 GMT in an international friendly, following on from Friday’s 1-1 draw with Germany.

“I have some pretty clear ideas on the systems, even if we have to establish which is the best one,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Balotelli is the first choice centre-forward, but now we have to find out who is the ideal second striker.”

Fiorentina hitman and current Serie A top scorer Rossi missed the game with Germany due to tonsillitis, but is now fit to start.

“Rossi is ready and for the line-up we’ll have to see tonight’s training session. Balotelli, Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi need to be evaluated.

“I perform many experiments because I haven’t got much time. I’m not saying it’s a problem that we don’t have training camps, but it is a fact.

“If I’d had more time then I wouldn’t have needed to call so many players and we wouldn’t have run into some embarrassing results. It’s not club Coaches who are the problem, but the fixture list and the directors.

“The truth is that right now everyone is thinking about Serie A or the Champions League, but come June they will all be huge Italy fans. I’d like a little more enthusiasm around us now.”