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Italy's Prandelli considers changes



Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli is contemplating changes in the team for Wednesday's Confederations Cup match against Japan.

Prandelli said he awaited the last training session, to see "who has recovered and who is doing well" after Sunday's match against Mexico, which the Azzurri won 2-1.

"How many changes I could make? I cannot say that now. Two, three or four, because we've made a lot of effort," Prandelli said on Tuesday in Recife.

He defined Japan as "a dangerous team with a great coach," a reference to Italian manager Alberto Zaccheroni.

"What I fear about them is their tactical organisation, which is different from what it was in the past and in which you see the hand of someone like Zaccheroni," he said.

"Japanese players have a great ability to concentrate and stay focused," Prandelli noted.

Prandelli noted that his men are doing well, although they should be more precise with their shots on goal.

He also referred to Italy's often wayward star Mario Balotelli, who appears relatively calm with the national team.

"He has great motivation, and the blue shirt evokes just that. And then he has found a group of players who still have the will to win and they help him," Prandelli said.

"Mario has extraordinary potential. We are trying to get him to reach the best possible condition, and then he has to make his own contribution," he said.

Italy's bus needed 90 minutes to cover the 25-kilometres stretch between the team hotel on the beach in Recife and the Arena Pernambuco. Prandelli's press conference was delayed half an hour.

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