Monday April 14 2014
Abete: Physical conditioning vital

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has highlighted the importance of this week’s tests at Coverciano.

A host of players in Cesare Prandelli’s thoughts for the World Cup have been called to the national team’s training ground in Florence this week for a get together before the tournament.

And the leader of the game’s governing body in Italy has revealed how crucial these two days could be.

“After our adventure at the Confederations Cup, we realised how important physical preparation would be,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport.

“We’re all aware that physical conditioning is going to be essential. We are constantly in conversation with people who look at this professionally and are equipped with the proper staff.

“The tests this week will be fundamental. The World Cup is going to be very tough. Not only have we got one of the toughest groups, but then there are the likes of Netherlands, Spain, Colombia and Chile.

“Prandelli’s work has been so complicated in the past few weeks, because several players [who are eligible] have played so well.

“It’s been a tough choice for the Coach, but he’s not influenced by anyone. He’s his own man.”

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