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Sacchi praises new Italy boss Prandelli

SoccerNews in Serie A, World Cup 31 May 2010

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(GSM) – Arrigo Sacchi is full of praise for Cesare Prandelli, as “he is a great Coach and a great man.”

Fiorentina boss Prandelli will take over from current Italy coach Marcello Lippi after the World Cup.

“Cesare has proved numerous times, first with Parma and then Fiorentina, that he is a great Coach and a great man,” said Sacchi.

Sacchi also worked alongside Prandelli at the Stadio Tardini when he was a director for Parma.

“He was excellent with Parma, as we finished fifth twice and even battled for a Champions League spot.

“Above all he got the best out of many players. My recollection of him as a Coach and a human being are wonderful. I respect him a great deal and wish him all the best.”

However, Sacchi warns that it is quite a big step to go from club football to the Squadra Azzurra.

“The work is different, as you are above all a selector rather than a Coach. He must hope all of Italian football works well throughout the season and that clubs use their youngsters more than they currently do. Then it’s up to him to find that touch of class to complete the squad.

“Prandelli must make the most of his experiences at club level, but in general international football lacks two important elements: time and day-to-day work.”

Marcello Lippi will leave after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the team already knows Prandelli is set to take over.

“It absolutely won’t be a distraction for the side, as the World Cup is too important and every player will try to give their best.

“There can be no alibis or excuses. If Italy don’t do well, it certainly will not be because Prandelli was appointed before the tournament.”

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