Prandelli puts banks on Balotelli to achieve European glory

Jul 01, 2012, 08:04 IST | PA Sport

Italy boss Prandelli puts faith in striker to help Azzurri achieve European glory

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Mario Balotelli’s attitude ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2012 final with Spain. Balotelli needs one more goal to take the lead in the Golden Boot standings, knowing achieving that aim would take Italy a long way towards lifting the trophy.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli with Mario Balotelli during Thursday’s semi-final against Germany. Pic/Getty Images

The 21-year-old has thrived on the responsibility Prandelli has afforded him during these championships, and his semi-final double was proof of that. The Italy coach feels Balotelli has found the perfect platform to display his talents. 

Prandelli said: “We have always felt he had great ability. He has found a set-up where he can talk to great champions, who have won a lot of trophies and achieved a lot.

There comes a time when you have to be brave enough to accept other people’s advice because the result becomes paramount. We have asked him to do certain things, and at this moment in time, he is doing them.”

Meanwhile, Prandelli has dismissed the growing allegation that Spain are a boring team. “That assessment comes from the fact the same side has always been winning. I don’t think they are boring in any way, shape or form.”

Prandelli also revealed Italy had not arrived in Kiev from their Krakow base until 3am. However, they arrived to a message of good luck from Italian president from Giorgio Napolitano, who has invited the players to an official function in Rome on Monday afternoon.  

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