Italy's Prandelli sweats over players fitness

RECIFE, Brazil Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:45am IST

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli (L) gestures during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match against Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli (L) gestures during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match against Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife June 19, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

RECIFE, Brazil (Reuters) - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli lamented the physical toll the Confederations Cup schedule and hot Brazilian climate were taking on his players on Wednesday.

Prandelli watched his side overcome Japan 4-3 in the best game of the competition so far but complained that his players were exhausted and needed more recovery time between matches.

"This is an interesting tournament but perhaps there should be more rest days," Prandelli said. "This is a very hot country and the players need more time to get their strength back."

Prandelli said he could not even look ahead to Italy's next match, against hosts Brazil on Saturday, until he gauges the fitness of his squad.

Both teams have already qualified from Group A but the winner could have the advantage of not facing world champions Spain in the semi-final.

"We are focused on how many (players) we can recover," he said. "The Brazil game is an important game, we can't underestimate it. So my problem is to get some of the physical fitness back. We have to play the next game with the same kind of determination and physical fitness.

"We need to reflect and think, because as usual, if you are good at imposing the right pace and pressuring opponents than you can think of using your strength throughout the game. But when you can't pressure your opponent your lack of fitness is telling."

While Italy had just three days to recover before Wednesday's match, Japan had four and were by far the more spritely side.

The Asian champions were unlucky to lose to a team whose experience and clinical eye in front of goal were the difference between the sides.

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni said his aim between now and the World Cup would be to instill more guile in his young side.

"As usual we let in one goal from a free kick and another was an own goal," Zaccheroni griped. "These details are a constant aspect of our matches and so we have to try and remedy these problems before next year's World Cup.

"When you face teams like Brazil, Italy or Mexico, when you make a mistake they score. These teams can teach you a lot and we must learn this lesson."

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

TENNIS

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Target: Hamilton

Target: Hamilton

Nico Rosberg out to wreck Hamilton hat-trick bid.  Full Article 

Back on Top

Back on Top

Podolski double gets Arsenal back into top four.  Full Article 

IPL Boycott

IPL Boycott

News agencies to boycott IPL over photo restrictions.  Full Article 

Pistorius Trial

Pistorius Trial

Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial.  Full Article 

Djokovic Cruises

Djokovic Cruises

Novak Djokovic strolls into Monte Carlo third round.  Full Article 

Boston Anniversary

Boston Anniversary

Boston marks anniversary of bombing with somber ceremonies.  Full Article 

Against World Cup

Against World Cup

Small-scale World Cup protests continue in Brazil.  Full Article 

Formula One

Formula One

Red Bull appeal rejected - International Federation.  Full Article 

Sloppy Work

Sloppy Work

CAS blasts Jamaica over sloppy anti-doping procedures.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage