Italy's coach Cesare
Prandelli is unhappy that an already physically strong Germany
have had two extra days to prepare for Thursday's Euro 2012
The Azzurri dominated Sunday's 0-0 draw with England in Kiev
- the first game to go to extra time at the finals - before
prevailing on penalties while the Germans defeated Greece 4-2 in
regulation time on Friday.
"It's a problem that UEFA must consider for the next
European Championship," he told a news conference on Monday.
"To play a semi with this small gap does not help the
Daniele De Rossi and Ignazio Abate limped out during the
energy-sapping 120 minutes against a burly England in Kiev,
potentially leaving Prandelli without his most combative
midfielder and only eligible right-back against the Germans.
Italy's other right-back Christian Maggio will be suspended
after picking up a second tournament booking while centre-half
Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Thiago Motta have had minor
Prandelli fears Germany's fit and young side could be an
insurmountable object given their quality on the ball and extra
rest, even if they have never beaten Italy before at a major
championship and lost the 2006 World Cup semi to their rivals.
"We meet an athletically strong team. We have to play the
game on the small weaknesses that they might have. It's a
difficult game where right until the last minute the result will
probably be in the balance," he said.
"When we know who is fit, we'll see who we can play on
Thursday. We know we can have another good game. We've got to
read the game but paradoxically we've got to take some risks."
The soft-spoken but thoughtful coach was given a round of
applause by Italian reporters on his return to Italy's 'Casa
Azzurri' after surpassing expectations in reaching the last
His attempts to play a more expansive game than some Italy
coaches of the past has also found favour with pundits and fans
and he is not about to compromise his principles now, even in a
semi-final against the might of Germany.
"We can do something more, play football even better. We
have the responsibility to try it," he said.
"The new generation want to watch this type of football.
"We have to put more ideas on the pitch."
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