Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

Soccer: Pirlo says Italy will take Brazil friendly seriously

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Florence, March 20 - There is no danger that Italy
will take Thursday's friendly against Brazil in Geneva lightly,
Azzurri midfielder Andrea Pirlo said Wednesday.
Italy have lost only won competitive match since coach
Cesare Prandelli took over in 2010, the 4-0 defeat to Spain in
the final of Euro 2012.
But the Azzurri's tradition for 'not showing up' for
friendlies has continued under Prandelli.
They have lost seven out of the 13 non-competitive matches
played under him and won just three.
Pirlo said this will not be the case when four-time world
champions Italy take on five-time world champions Brazil.
"The game against Brazil is important, we'll be taking on
a great side in a match that everyone would like to play in,"
the Juventus playmaker told reporters.
"You don't take on Brazil every day, it's not a normal
match.
"It may turn out to be fundamental for our development and
to be able to understand where we are at in view of the
Confederations Cup (later this year) and the World Cup (in 2014
in Brazil)".
Prandelli said this week that he wants his side to take
this June's Confederations Cup as a serious test.
The Cup, which takes place the year before a World Cup in
the host nation and features the world champions and the
continental champions, is not considered a major tournament.
But Italy's failure at the 2009 Confederations Cup proved
to be a foretaste of the then-holder's embarrassing group-stage
exit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"Italy often do not play well in friendlies," added Pirlo,
who is one of the few veterans from Italy's 2006 World
Cup-winning team still in the national team.
"We are never our best (in them), but this time we'll try
to to do well, in part thinking of the fans. This Italy team is
coming on and I think we are among the top 10 (in he world)".
Italy, who have qualified for the Confederations Cup as
Euro 2012 runners-up because Spain already had a slot as they
are the world champs, are currently fifth in FIFA's world
ranking, while Brazil are a lowly 18th.

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