The 63-year-old, who has been chief of the Italian Football Federation since 2007, recently renewed Prandelli’s contract as Azzurri coach for another two years and believes the tactician has been a big help in reviving the national team since taking up the position in 2010.
Abete spoke to Sky Sport Italia about what the country needs to do in order to be successful at the tournament and commented on his future as head of the FIGC.
“The Italy we saw against Luxembourg is a national team that is currently a work in progress,” he said. “There is great satisfaction from the reception in Perugia and Umbria which is a testimony to the passion for the national team.
“There is time until our first match in the World Cup, which is enough for us to improve. Several other national teams are still not in top shape, like ours.
“The injury of [Riccardo] Montolivo has caused trauma, as it was a sad event, but then again it has also helped in making us completely focused on the team.
“Everyone on the team is important, no one is expendable. We must score more.
“Prandelli’s renewal? As evidence of my confidence in him, I offered him a renewal without it being connected to the outcome at the World Cup.