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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Prandelli Era Begins: il Mister Releases His Roster for the London Friendly with Cote d'Ivoire

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New Italy boss, Cesare Prandelli.

Cesare Prandelli wasted no time to distance himself from Marcello Lippi and the dismal Italian performance in South Africa. He released his first roster on Friday with names that Italian fans had demanded on death ears: Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano.

Many New Faces

Nine players who featured in South Africa were selected; however, as you will see, the majority of this squad are new faces to the Azzurri set-up. Daniele De Rossi was the only player from the World Cup 2006 winning team selected for this side.

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Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria was exiled during
the
second Lippi era. Here he is with his new boss,
Cesare Prandelli.

The Azzurri will face Cote d'Ivoire in London on Tuesday evening.

Omissions

Interestingly, Mister Prandelli omitted Alberto Gilardino and Giampaolo Pazzini. He managed both players at Fiorentina.

Azzurri Roster

Portieri/Goalkeepers

Mirante (Parma: He replaced the injured Claudio Marchetti of Cagliari), Sirigu (Palermo), Viviano (Bologna).

Difensori/Defenders

Antonini (Milan), Astori (Cagliari), Bonucci (Juventus), Cassani (Palermo), Chiellini (Juventus), Lucchini (Sampdoria), Molinaro (Stuttgart), Motta (Juventus).

Centrocampisti/Midfielders

De Rossi (Roma), Lazzari (Cagliari), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria), Pepe (Juventus).

Attaccanti/Strikers

Amauri (Juventus), Balotelli (Inter), Borriello (Milan), Cassano (Sampdoria), Quagliarella (Napoli), Rossi (Villarreal).

May 05, 2010 - Rome, Italy - epa02145015 Marco Motta (R) of As Roma and Mario Balotelli of Inter Milan struggle for the ball during their Italy Cup final soccer match at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy on 05 May 2010.

Mario Balotelli of Internazionale: An explosive
talent with an equally volatile attitude.

Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 6 August 2010.

Mister Prandelli on Sunday

“Una convocazione è sempre importante, anche in amichevole. Ho scelto quelli che hanno più condizione fisica e magari conosco un po’ meno. Cassano e Balotelli hanno molta qualità, ed alla mia presentazione dissi che sulla qualità volevo puntare. Proporli subito serve anche a responsabilizzarli. Antonio ha un’età matura, per lui è una grande occasione. Se riuscirà a sentirsi un riferimento per i compagni, la sua avventura in Nazionale sarà lunghissima. Parlare con Balotelli? Questi sono ragazzi che hanno un grande talento, ma hanno anche bisogno di dimostrare che sono adulti.?.
"A selection on the national team is always important even for a friendly. I chose those who have better physical conditioning and those I know little about.

Cassano and Balotelli have a lot of quality. At my first press conference, I said that I wanted to focus on quality. To put them right away into the mix also serves to give them responsibility. Antonio is older and for him it is a great time. If will succeed to become a reference point for his teammates, his national team adventure will be very long.

Speaking of Balotelli? These are lads that have great talent but they also have to show that they are adults."
On Their Playing Style

“Noi abbiamo una mentalità diversa, pensare che l’unico modo di giocare sia quello della Spagna sarebbe un errore. Dobbiamo abbinare la qualità del gioco al risultato, questo è il nostro obiettivo. Senza snaturare il modo di fare calcio tipico italiano. Voglio avere sempre una squadra molto generosa”.

“Chi indossa la maglia azzurra rappresenta una nazione, chi non si comporta bene è giusto stia fermo”.
"We have a different mentality. To think of playing like Spain would be wrong. We need to match the quality of play to the result. That is our objective. Without going against the nature of typical Italian football. I want to always have a side that is very generous."

"Whoever wears the Azzurri shirt represents a nation. Who doesn't behave well, it would be right to leave out."
Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 8 August 2010.
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