Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Prandelli: Never said Italy can’t play with Balotelli and Immobile

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Cesare Prandelli - Italy spoke to the world’s media today in , ahead of their do-or-die final group D match against .

Speaking at the Stadio Arena Das Dunas, the tactician was coy on the subject of who would play tomorrow against the South Americans.

After being pressed about a previous quote where he questioned whether Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile could co-exist, the Italy coach explained, “I’ve never said those two cannot play together. If and when we decide to play two up front there will be modifications we need to make.

“And usually it’s not how many strikers you have on the field but how decisive they are.

“We have some things in mind but as yet nothing is official.  I’m keeping everyone on tenterhooks for now.”

Given the importance of their final match, Prandelli said, “I have told the players to believe in qualification. We don’t want to look for excuses after the game.  We are determined to win.”

The crucial tie kicks off at 5pm BST, with the Italians only needing to avoid to defeat to progress into the knockout stage.

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Enzo Misuraca

- Class of ’72, I have been involved in football since the age of seven when i received my first ever Panini football sticker album. A fan of Roma and still shudder to this day at the thought of Bruce Grobbelaar and his ‘elastic legs’ during the1984 European Cup final penalty shootout. Oh and i think I love La Nazionale more than i love my wife (only joking sweetie….). As an FA Qualified football coach I manage a regional senior team in Hertfordshire, UK. Hung up my own playing boots in 2010, but still turn out for an over 35s team…I just cant help myself. Follow me on @enzom_fif

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