Monday June 9 2014
Prandelli: Italy always pessimistic

Cesare Prandelli believes the Italian media and public always approach international tournaments with pessimism.

The Azzurri ended a seven-match winless streak against Fluminense last night, a run that has triggered scepticism in the peninsula ahead of the World Cup.

Speaking at a Press conference today, the 56-year-old stated that while he cannot say for sure that his team will succeed in Brazil, he is certain they will at least go down trying.

“We can’t send any messages or guarantees,” Prandelli said. “The only guarantee we can give is that we have worked to be ready.

“Character wise, the team will not disappoint and we will fight for the shirt and for every ball.

“At the start of every tournament there is always pessimism in Italy – that’s how we are.

“Maybe psychologically we need this feeling of insecurity and criticism. I am calm because we have worked well.”

Prandelli did however say that in terms of fitness, the Azzurri have the potential to have a very good tournament.

“We have arrived soon enough [in Brazil], now we will work on our speed and pace. We will look to sort out the fine details.

“This is a team that in terms of fitness has the chance to get to the latter stages of the World Cup.”

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