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Wednesday February 6 2013
Prandelli: 'Interesting Italy future'

Cesare Prandelli admits Italy need to improve the 4-3-3 system, gave Marco Verratti pointers and said the Azzurri “have an interesting future to work on.”

Verratti snatched a stoppage-time 1-1 draw with Holland to avoid a sixth consecutive friendly defeat, but the Nazionale only really got into gear during the final stages.

“We didn’t want to lose and we didn’t want to concede,” Prandelli told RAI Sport.

“Obviously the 4-3-3 system is particular and we need time to work on the details,but I saw interesting things in the first half. We need more character, as we have the players with the right qualities.

“The system we worked more on is the 4-3-1-2, so it is natural we will be more comfortable with it, but we have to do better with the 4-3-3 too.”

PSG midfielder Verratti scored his first senior Italy goal to earn a draw at the AmsterdamArena.
“Verratti has great character and technique, but he needs to be quicker in midfield and be far more tactical. He scored a fantastic goal, though.”

Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli started in attack, but have only just become teammates at club level with Milan.

“They obviously need to work together. Mario knows he’s not in great shape and needs to recover, but we have an interesting future to work on.”

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