Italy will be an attacking side in World Cup, says Cesare Prandelli

Prandelli said Italy were different from other teams as they were "born to attack".

Updated: November 20, 2013 19:42 IST
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Rome: Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has warned that his side would adopt an attacking approach at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Prandelli said Italy were different from other teams as they were "born to attack", reports Xinhua.

"We must maintain the idea of quality football in midfield but this Italy was born to attack. If we don't, then we're a team like any other," he said Tuesday, adding that he is also attack-minded and would like to see his side to implement his ideas.

"For the World Cup I'd prefer a team that risks to the end rather than sit back and protect a slender lead," he added, dropping hints that Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli could be his first choices up front after Italy's 2-2 draw with Nigeria Monday.

"Balotelli and Rossi were playing together for the first time really. They combined well and sought each other out. Riccardo Montolivo's position was to free Rossi in that area. Balotelli and Rossi can really do something important in that area. They both played one-touch football, got along well, had a dialogue on the pitch and I liked the performance. With their talents it all becomes easier even without practice," he said.

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