Prandelli still unsure of Italy line up
Italy, who currently are on top of their group B with 14 points in six games, are getting closer and closer to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, in order to secure qualification, a win against Bulgaria who currently are second in the group with 10 points would be very important.
Italy’s manager however does not want to give many clues for how he is going to do this for tonight’s match, and has he not yet decided which formation he will stick with.
“We’ve tried out the 4-3-2-1 in training, but we still haven’t decided,” he stated ahead of the World Cup qualifier in Palermo.
“But if that is the route we go down then it is because we have seen something interesting for us in that.
“Bulgaria defend deep, there is not too much space behind them and so we will therefore need quality in the middle of the pitch.
“A lot of sides are still very dangerous with just one attacker. We can’t give our opponents any points of reference.”
“Gilardino and Balotelli are two completely different players, they interpret the role in different ways”.
“Gila attacks the box and the front post like few. Mario moves around more and scores different goals to Gila. They are attackers who, at the end of the day, put the ball into the back of the net.”
Even though Italy lack support of attacking players, wonder-kid Stephan El Shaarawy, has been left out of the starting XI, something which has left many fans confused.
“El Shaarawy is in good mental shape even if he does tend to keep things to himself. That makes him difficult to read, but I’ve spoken to him and he’s calm.”
In midfield, the Giro Azzuro have mainly focused on using Claudio Marchisio or Riccardo Montolivo next to Daniel De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo. However, as both players are injured and suspended, Prandelli has now called up Thiago Motta who has been out of the team for a year.
“I didn’t abandon Thiago Motta, he was left out because he had injury problems.
“He is a player with great personality, technique and I need players like that for games like this. I’ve abandoned nobody.
“He wasn’t just called up because Claudio Marchisio is injured and Riccardo Montolivo is suspended. Thiago is a player who has given us a lot.”