Cesare Prandelli said Italy are hindered as they take the game too seriously, arguing they need to enjoy their football like Spain do.
The Italians kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against the reigning world and European champions in Gdansk on Sunday, and the former Fiorentina coach thinks his troops could learn a thing or two from Vicente Del Bosque’s side.
“We still take it all too seriously on the pitch,” Prandelli told reporters at his pre-game press conference.
“The Spanish are more joyful; they are happy just to be playing football.”
Italy’s preparations have been overshadowed by the Scommessopoli scandal, while a resounding 3-0 defeat by Russia in their final warm-up fixture has significantly lowered expectation levels among the country’s supporters.
However, Prandelli is confident that his team can upset the Spaniards.
“I have a good feeling about this. We trained well and prepared for this match in the best possible way,” Prandelli said.
“The pessimism around us is not a problem, as, in fact, the team is more motivated to subvert it.”
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