Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was satisfied once again with the performance his team produced against Nigeria.
The Azzurri drew 2-2 with the Super Eagles at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, but La Nazionale’s tactician felt that it wasn’t a reflection of the match.
“We played a great game creating lots of opportunities but the result penalised us,” Prandelli told Rai Sport.
“However I would like to always see this type of performance. It is true that we underwent too many inactive balls, but the first goal of the Nigeria was foul all the way.”
Prandelli started Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli in attack and the Azzurri coach was happy with the duo’s performance.
“Rossi and Balotelli found each other really well [and] apart from the goal, they combined well on different occassions,” said Prandelli.
The Azzurri coach was content with his team’s displays in 2013, which included third place at the Confederations Cup in June and qualification for next year’s World Cup.
“The budget for the year is very positive: we had a great Confederations Cup and we qualified [for the World Cup] with two rounds remaining. This group has done great things in 2013,” Prandelli concluded.
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