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 football, we deserved the two goals and took the end of time a network that could complicate the race. With a man down we spent a lot, but we risked almost nothing. I saw a great spirit in ten we fought with determination and order. And for this I have to congratulate the boys. "
Italy is the first in the ranking in the group with four points ahead of second. But the road to Brazil is still very long: "We are a bit 'more relaxed, but we have to improve a lot. Balotelli? Must play well on generosity. And then he has incredible quality. "
And Balotelli was the big star of the evening, the author of a convincing performance from every point of view: "I was hoping to win this game - he said - we went ahead and the race then it is a bit 'complicated. My goal was instinct, I just tried to anticipate the goalkeeper and was a major network. To play these games you need to have great friends, I feel very important for Italy as well as all my friends. " When it leaves the field of the public Meazza stadium that saw him make his debut in Serie A for Inter, has bestowed a standing ovation: "This stage is the most beautiful of all, it gives more emotion of all. English is a different atmosphere in the stadiums, but the Meazza is beautiful. With both the National and the City I'm always busy and I'm improving a lot, this humility I've got a bit 'and I can continue to have it. "
After being among the best in the field Friday in Armenia, Riccardo Montolivo sealed with the goal to provide another very positive: "The coach does not ask me to score, ask me to give balance to the team. If, however, comes not hurt and now arrived at a turning point, after which Denmark has put a little 'difficulty. Play time in ten at these levels is difficult, the expulsion has complicated a race that already was difficult. " The AC Milan midfielder at the first goal has used a great play by Balotelli: "If Mario is why we are in good shape, he had a great race."
To defend the blue door after Buffon's injury we thought Morgan De Sancti s, which is made to be ready especially on some of the conclusions from the distance: "This morning after waking up muscle Gigi (Buffon, ed) said that he did not the felt, felt even a slight discomfort and I was informed that I would play. There was a sudden choice and I had the chance to prepare mentally and technically the game. Today, as during the race with Armenia, was an important appointment because if you have to fill the squares must first win these games. "
Giorgio Chiellini has relied on his experience leaving very few occasions to Bendtner, team-mate at Juventus: "We were a bit 'complicated life, then came out of the great character of this team and we were good to share with the invention of Pirlo and Balotelli's goal. These two victories begin to create a big gap in the standings. "