Prandelli wants Italy to 'take risks'

25 June 2012 04:17

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli wants to "take risks" against Germany in their semi-final, he said on Monday, a day after the Azzurri made it through to the last four.

"We have to take risks and not defend in our penalty area," he said at the team's base camp. "I'd prefer it if they (Germany) scored on the counter-attack than have us defend constantly for 20 minutes."

"Tactical aspects is the least of our problems, we're still good at finding a balance," he added, pointing out that Italy had 68 percent of possession against England. "When you've got this capacity, you've got to exploit it," he said.

Prandelli also said he was disappointed that Germany, had two extra days of recuperation than his players.

"UEFA has to sort out the calendar problem. Either we extend the tournament or we find solutions. If not, we'll have less-than-entertaining finals," he added.

Source: AFP

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