Andrea Ranocchia admits Italy “conceded too many goals recently” after a 2-2 friendly draw with the Super Eagles..
“We have to keep working. Unfortunately, tonight the chances we created didn’t go in, whereas Nigeria scored with almost all their attempts,” he told Rai Sport.
“It was an extraordinary performance from everyone, as we played good football, moved the ball quickly, went on rapid counters and created good passing moves.
“Unfortunately on international duty we haven’t had much time to work on set play situations. We certainly need to improve, as we’ve conceded too many goals recently.”
We didn’t sustain high tempo – Giaccherini
Emanuele Giaccherini warned Italy needed to keep the tempo up after a 2-2 draw with the Super Eagles. The winger netted his third Azzurri goal in the friendly at Craven Cottage. “I am happy with my performance, but also that of the team, as today in our best moment we conceded two quick goals from Nigeria that rather shook us up.
We kept playing in the second half and certainly could’ve won this game,” he told Rai Sport. “After taking the lead we kept possession just to slow down the tempo, whereas we should’ve kept the tempo up and tried to score a second. Perhaps that was why we ended up going behind.
“At half-time the Coach told us we had to continue like this, but to keep up the tempo and not keep possession just for the sake of it.” Giuseppe Rossi was also on target for the first time since June 2011 and finally got to partner Mario Balotelli.
“They are two world class forwards and we have a lot of quality in attack, but they do make a well-suited pair. “Mario is an important player for us, can make the difference by himself in attack, so we try in every way to help him. That includes reassuring him and working all together when things aren’t going well. He is part of the group and we’ll always try to help him.”
Prandelli cries foul over Eagles first goal
Italy’s coach Cesare Prandelli has said that the first Super Eagles goal in the 2-2 draw with the Azzuri was a foul.
“The first Nigerian goal was absolutely a foul, but we take home this good performance”, said Prandelli, who was impressed with the performance of both teams, saying that “I’d love to see performances like this all the time.”
Giuseppe Rossi had given them the lead at Craven Cottage, his first goal since June 2011, but the Super Eagles turned it around until Emanuele Giaccherini’s equaliser..
“We had a great game, we played football and though the result is penalising, I’d love to see performances like this all the time,” the Coach told Rai Sport.
“Rossi and Balotelli combined many times. The absolutely terrible mistake we made was that when 1-0 up we tried to hold possession in sterile fashion and we should’ve looked for the second goal.
“We found more width, found Alino Diamanti between the lines. We also did well at the start with four or five passes in a row to get towards the goal.
This was the final Italy match of 2013 and Prandelli sees it as a positive year, despite ending it with four consecutive stalemates.
“We have many certainties, a few things to consider, which we’ll do in time. 2013 was very positive, as we had a good Confederations Cup and qualified for the World Cup with two games to spare.
“Of course with some results you wanted more, but these lads have done well.”