Cesare Prandelli expects Andrea Pirlo to shine against the German invasion
Andrea Pirlo was hailed as “a star” by the Italy coach Cesare Prandelli following stunning performance in the quarterfinal against England on Sunday. The Juventus midfielder played a pivotal role in taking Italy to the semifinal stage of Euro 2012.
Cesare Prandelli was full of praise for the 33-year-old midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo in a news conference yesterday. Cesare Prandelli wants the Juventus player to stay in-form and without injury till Thursday when Italy set out to settle their old differences against Germany.
Andrea Pirlo is expected to be the savior of Italy against the German invasion. Andrea Pirlo, who was rightly named man of the match after his superb performance against England, played for 120 minutes on the pitch and then scored through a magnificent penalty to guide Italy into the semifinal stage of Euro 2012.
Cesare Prandelli believes that a victory through a penalty shootout is like a lottery. Nonetheless, the Italian manager believes his side earned a deserved victory.
“Penalties are a lottery but I thought we deserved victory in the end,” Cesare Prandelli said. “When Montolivo missed his penalty I was sad as he was one of the best players tonight. I was watching with my arm around my son and I told him he was lucky he didn't have to buy a ticket.
“When Andrea Pirlo stepped up I was very calm - he's a star and knew what he needed to do; and he did it. Around 80% of penalty shoot-outs go down to luck. Some players are used to this kind of pressure, some are just calm in these situations - but mainly it's down to good fortune.”
Cesare Prandelli was full of praise for the rest of his team too. Cesare Prandelli was not surprised by the outcome of the game. In the interview, Cesare Prandelli told reporters that he knew Italy would win the game.
“I wasn't surprised by tonight. I knew we could control the game,” Cesare Prandelli added. “My worry was that we were allowing England too much space on the break - we could have been a bit cleverer in our build-up play.
“We tried to play football. We tried to draw England out, we tried to hit them quickly. I think if we'd scored in the 90 minutes it would have been an even better game.”
Cesare Prandelli also informed that he would increase the firepower in his team against Germany. Cesare Prandelli told reporters that he was happy with performance of Italy’s midfield in Euro 2012 but he would like his men to play more offensively against Germany.