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Cesare Prandelli is of the opinion that Italy's performance in the 1-2 loss to France merited at least a draw. The former Fiorentina and Roma coach experimented with a three-man attacking trident consisting of goalscorer Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli and Antonio Candreva. Despite the changes hardly proving positive in the loss against France, Prandelli defended his decision to tinker with his tactics in search for the most suitable formation. "We didn’t deserve to lose this, but it was right to experiment and we will experiment again," the trainer told…
France came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Italy, who had dominated for much of the match, in an international friendly at the Ennio Tardini. Chances were limited in the first half but a flurry of action commenced when Stephan El Shaarawy put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute. But just two minutes later Didier Deschamps' men were level as Mathieu Valbuena netted a sublime solo goal. The Azzurri were far more positive after the break but some inspired changes from the France coach paid dividends as…
Cesare Prandelli choose his starting lineup to face France, without veteran Buffon and Pirlo. (4-3-3) Sirigu; Maggio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Balzaretti; Montolivo, Verratti, Marchisio; Candreva, Balotelli, El Shaarawy.
Giorgio Chiellini is backing Italy's next generation to shine on Wednesday and says it will be strange lining up without Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Cesare Prandelli has opted for youth in his latest Azzurri squad, with Stephan El Shaarawy, Marco Verratti, Salvatore Sirigu and Antonio Candreva set to start the match. "Without Buffon and Pirlo we are losing two reference points, both for Juventus and the national team," Chiellini told reporters. "It'll be weird without them, but tomorrow can be a great stage to test young talents like Sirigu,…
Italy played 37 official games against France that first one was a 6-2 win on 15/05/1910 and last one was a 2-0 win on 17/06/2008. Italy record 19 wins, 8 draws and 10 loses versus France. 15/05/1910 Milan Italy 6:2 (2:0) France 09/04/1911 Saint-Ouen France 2:2 (2:1) Italy 17/03/1912 Turin Italy 3:4 (1:2) France 12/01/1913 Saint Ouen France 1:0 (1:0) Italy 29/03/1914 Turin Italy 2:0 (0:0) France 18/01/1920 Milan Italy 9:4 (4:3) France 29/08/1920 Antwerp France 3:1 (2:1) Italy 20/02/1921 Marseille France 1:2 (1:0) Italy 22/03/1925 Turin Italy 7:0 (1:0)…
Daniel Pablo Osvaldo, the top scorer of azzurri in World Cup 2012 qualification matches, misses the game against France due ankle injury suffers against Lazio. Osvaldo had a good season yet and scored 6 goals in 8 Serie A games and 3 goals in 4 Brazil qualification games. Italy will play against France on Wednesday.
Cesare Prandelli has admitted that he has been surprised by Stephan El Shaarawy's form for AC Milan this season ahead Italy's friendly with France on Wednesday. The young forward has been in fine form this season, and currently leads the Serie A scoring charts with eight goals from his 11 appearances. "El Shaarawy is a young lad who is surprising everyone," Prandelli told Rai 2. “He has been able to bring quality to football, and also done very well in terms of scoring goals." The former Fiorentina coach went on…
Danielle De Rossi dropped from Azzurri list, after punching Stefano Mauri in Derby of Rome that ended 3-2 for Lazio. Roma youngster Alessandro Flonezi called up for the first time after some good performances in u-21. Davide Santon back to Azzurri swaud following a very good season in Newcastle. Name Club Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Morgan De Sanctis Napoli Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain Emiliano Viviano Fiorentina Defenders: Davide Astori Cagliari Federico Balzaretti Roma Andrea Barzagli Juventus Leonardo Bonucci Juventus Giorgio Chiellini Juventus Domenico Criscito Zenit St Petersburg Christian Maggio Napoli…
He had asked the three points and three points have arrived. But Cesare Prandelli may also be satisfied by the character shown by his boys, who have suffered in the first minutes after Denmark were able to move to 2-0 and keep a cool head after being subjected to the goal of 2-1 at half-time and have remained outnumbered a few seconds after the shooting. "We found some initial difficulties - admitted the coach - they palleggiavano very low and we do not expect the transition. Then we played good…
Italy strengthened their grip on top spot of Group B by making light of the dismissal of Pablo Osvaldo to defeat Denmark 3-1 at San Siro on Tuesday night. Having withstood intense early pressure, the Azzurri stunned the visitors with two goals in the space of four minutes through Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi, to put themselves in a commanding position with half-time looming. However, William Kvist halved the home side's advantage with a volley before Osvaldo gave the Danes further reason for optimism by getting himself dismissed early…
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