NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
Aquilani admires 'imposing' Azzurri

Alberto Aquilani hails Cesare Prandelli's new-look Italy midfield. “We were able to impose our football in Slovenia.”

The Juventus man was part of a diamond midfield without a single solely defensive figure, joining Stefano Mauri, Riccardo Montolivo and Thiago Motta.

“I don't know if it was my best performance for the Azzurri, but we were concentrated and came here knowing that in the past we had problems,” he said of the 1-0 victory.

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NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
Prandelli: 'Midfield was key'

Cesare Prandelli said in his post-match Press conference that “dominating the midfield was the key” as Italy gain in confidence.

“I saw a good game between two teams who tried to win it with good football,” he said of the 1-0 victory on Friday night.

“After the result we can say that we were a bit better than Slovenia, but nothing changes in my view of the side.”

The win puts the Azzurri six points clear at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group C.

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BLOG ITALIA
Saturday March 26 2011
21st Century Azzurri

Cesare Prandelli is taking Italy into modern football at last, says Susy Campanale after the victory in Slovenia

Italian football was battered a bruised after the disastrous 2010 World Cup and Marcello Lippi's refusal to accept the sport had changed. Cesare Prandelli's job was not only to bring in a new generation, but also to transform the way the Nazionale approached its work. I am glad to say that with the 1-0 victory in Slovenia, we're on the right path.

NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
Maggio: 'Time for new Italy era'

Christian Maggio adapted to a new role for Italy against Slovenia and “after the disappointment in South Africa it's time to start a new era.”

The Napoli winger played as a right-back in the 4-3-1-2 system for their 1-0 victory in Ljubljana last night.

“I hadn't played in that position for a while, but I think things went pretty well.

“We played a good game and deserved to bring home all three points,” he said.

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NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
Pazzini taken for wrist tests

Giampaolo Pazzini requires tests for an injury to his wrist picked up during the 1-0 victory in Slovenia.

The striker hit the woodwork with his half-volley in last night's Euro 2012 qualifier in Ljubljana.

It is reported Pazzini was taken to a clinic by chief Italy medic Enrico Castellacci for in-depth tests on his left wrist.

Inter forward Pazzini picked up a knock during the game and wants to exclude any micro-fractures.

Italy's next game is on Tuesday against Ukraine for an international friendly in Kiev.

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NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
No fractures for Pazzini

Tests excluded fractures, so Giampaolo Pazzini stays with the Italy squad, as Cesare Prandelli confirms he won't call any new players for Ukraine.

Striker Pazzini was taken to hospital for x-rays on his left wrist this afternoon, having picked up a knock during last night's 1-0 win over Slovenia.

Fractures were excluded and the Inter forward will therefore remain with the squad for Tuesday's friendly in Kiev.

There were reports that Prandelli would call in Mario Balotelli for this game, as he had been dropped for the Euro 2012 qualifier.

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NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
Prandelli: 'Oriundi future of Italy'

The day after the victory in Slovenia, Cesare Prandelli notes his Italy project is progressing and Oriundi like Thiago Motta “are the future of the Azzurri.”

The 1-0 result in Ljubljana put them six points clear at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group C.

“Things have been positive and I'm happy that right from the start we showed the players the fun of playing football,” said the Coach.

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NEWS
Saturday March 26 2011
Chiellini: 'Italy's turning point'

Giorgio Chiellini believes Italy reached “a turning point” in Cesare Prandelli's reign with their victory in Slovenia.

“We knew this was a turning point in our growth and improvement. We realised that the friendly with Germany was a huge boost in confidence and showed us what we can do,” he said of last night's 1-0 win in Ljubljana.

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BLOG ITALIA
Friday March 25 2011
Santon call a show of faith

Having played more games for Italy than his current club side Cesena, Davide Santon's inclusion in the national set-up is an intriguing one, says Rob Paton

Davide Santon's flirtation with the very top of Italian football at one stage threatened to be as brief as his rise there rapid. However, in Cesare Prandelli's public show of support, Italy welcomes back its most promising full-back, still ahead of schedule.

NEWS
Friday March 25 2011
Pazzini trusts in Cassano

Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini is confident that his former Sampdoria teammate Antonio Cassano can help end his scoring drought at international level.

The 26-year-old has found the net just once in 15 games for his country and needs to translate his club form into goals for Italy.

"I am not saying that I lack a goal, but I have the desire the score another.

"Pressure? There is no pressure, but I care about scoring again for Italy. Also because it's a great period for me and I don't want to stop now.

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