Prandelli bemoans Italy mistakes
Italy manager Cesare Prandelli bemoaned a host of ‘mistakes’ that cost his side a 2-1 defeat to an Argentine side that he describes as one of the best “in the world”.
Argentina, minus Lionel Messi, scored twice through Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega before Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne halved the deficit for the Italians.
However, Prandelli admitted his team were not at its best, gifting the South Americans a number of chances through poor defence, while the attack failed to fire.
“We met a team of great quality, one of the best in the world,” Prandelli told RAI Sport.
“We made mistakes coming out of defence and started badly, but in my view we moved the ball well. We lacked that grit and finishing around the box that a team needs. Credit to Argentina, as they are a very strong side
"We have to qualify before talking about the World Cup and I want to get there quickly.”
Prandelli used Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in an experimental back-four role in the match and believes the 30-year-old did well in defence.
“The experiment with De Rossi, if we want to call it that, went pretty well,” Prandelli said.