Saturday September 3 2011
Prandelli: 'We're not Barcelona'

Cesare Prandelli has warned Italy not to get complacent after scraping a win over the Faroe Islands. “We're not Barcelona.”

An early Antonio Cassano goal was enough to secure the 1-0 away victory last night, although Gigi Buffon was twice saved by the woodwork.

“We are not a solid team and have to work on this,” said the Coach as he returned to the Peninsula.

“I didn't sleep much last night. I watched the game back, but we don't have to start everything from scratch. Some performances can help a team realise its limitations.

“We got into the box six times and kept exchanging passes in there. When you are in the right position, you've got to shoot. In the penalty area you go for goal and not to walk it into the net.

“On Tuesday I will make few changes against Slovenia, so the line-up will be similar to the one seen in the Faroe Islands.”

Prandelli had said he wanted the Azzurri to adopt Spanish-style football based on technique and passing.

“Many in the media say we are like Barcelona, but I certainly don't. We are not Barça and I'm glad you finally realised that.

“It's possible that by talking about them too much, we risk getting big heads. Barcelona have been playing in a certain way for years, whereas we are just starting the journey and don't get together to train very often.

“Let us look for our own path rather than to copy someone else's.”

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