Prandelli Expects Blame For Poor Performance

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has accepted the blame for his nation’s poor showing at the World Cup 2014. He has offered his resignation from the national team post. Prandelli has been widely acknowledged as one of the best young managers in world football. He was a major reason in helping Italy find new talent in the last five years. Those young talent has been responsible for lowering the age of a squad with dramatically following the inclusion of youngsters like Mario Balotelli, who at just 23 years of age, have a lot of time left in football.

Even though it delivers knockout at the group stages like England, Prandelli was expected to stay on as the boss given his outstanding reputation. There have been links with a return to club football in the last few months and this appears to have been confirmed after the 56-year-old handed his resignation to the Italian football Federation. Italy came with a few minutes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup. They conceded a set piece goal in the final 10 minutes of the match to be knocked out by Uruguay.

Italy finished the competition third in the group just ahead of England, who managed just one point. Mario Balotelli was a major disappointment at this tournament with just one goal and two very poor performances.

“I talked to the president of the federation and gave my resignation. The technical set-up didn’t work, and I take all responsibility for that. Something has changed since my contract was renewed. I don’t know why. I chose a certain technical plan and that’s why I’m resigning – because it did not work. A second European Championship, third at the Confederations [Cup] and the qualification obtained in advance should not be under-estimated,” said the former Fiorentina manager.

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Italy Continues Poor Form Run

Italy failed to find form once again after they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland. Italy came into the match as the overwhelming favourites, decided by a poor run of form. They continued their poor form after failing to win any of the last five matches. Apart from the poor result, manager Caesar Prandelli also had to witness one of his important players – Ricardo Montolivo – suffer an injury that will rule him out of the World Cup 2014. After the match, Prandelli was shocked to say anything about what he had just witnessed.

The poor preparation for the World Cup 2014 has put the national team’s hopes in major jeopardy. Given that they will be coming up against top teams like England and Uruguay in the group stages, Italy need to recover form as soon as possible. The match against minnows Luxembourg provides a great opportunity, but this will also be the final pretournament friendly match for the team before they get into the World Cup. The first match of the tournament will be against England and it will be followed by matches against Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Prandelli admitted that the injury suffered by Montolivo is very serious and he will definitely miss the World Cup despite being included in the final 23 man squad. “Unfortunately the match was blighted by injuries. We have been dealt a strong blow. For Riccardo unfortunately it’s something serious. This evening it’s difficult to give a technical assessment of the performance. At the end of the first half it was difficult to talk about the match considering the injuries to Montolivo and Aquilani. Rossi? We’ll assess his recovery, then we’ll reflect on things. Darmian made a very good debut,” said the manager.

Italy failed to do well at recent major tournaments.

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