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Prandelli demands Italy improvement

12 September 2012 02:06

Cesare Prandelli said Italy must improve in several areas, despite winning their FIFA World Cup qualifier over Malta 2-0 in Modena.

Mattia Destro and Federico Peluso grabbed the goals for an Italian team that were frustrated by the minnow visitors, who forced them into a change of formation at the half-time break as attempts to break down the Maltese defence did not come to fruition.

"We were a bit more organised in the second half, showing greater verve and creating more space," Prandelli said.

"We know September isn't our best month and we're not very sharp, but we have to rediscover our enthusiasm, pace and style of play. Some situations will be examined and we'll learn from them.

"(Lorenzo) Insigne did well when he came on and we spread the play with his introduction, getting more down the flanks."

Goalscorer Destro had respect for the away side, while admitting he's keen to play anywhere for Italy after being moved into midfield after the half-time break.

"We played against a very defensive side that stayed solid at the back and it was difficult to penetrate their defences," the 21-year-old admitted.

"I have to compliment Malta, who played a great game in terms of defence and made it difficult for us.

"I adapt and am at the absolute disposal of the squad. I'm happy to play on the right, as I'm young and it can only be positive to learn new roles."

Peluso spoke warmly of the game in which he netted his first senior Italy goal, while also reiterating coach Prandelli's praise of striker Insigne.

"I was pretty anxious at my first start, but the lads and, especially the veterans, put me at ease. It's a night I will remember for the rest of my life," Peluso said.

"Insigne is very talented and a young player with a guaranteed future ahead of him, but he's not the only one and it shows Italy are rediscovering some great players."

Highly regarded Italy debutant Insigne was also keen to speak of his first experience in the blue shirt of his country.

"It was hugely emotional to make my senior debut aged 21. I'm very happy with how the game went for the team and for me," the Napoli forward said.

"I dedicate this debut to my family, who were in the stands, and my girlfriend back home."

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Italy

W D W W W

2 - 0

Malta

D L L L L
Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 September 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Stadio Alberto Braglia (Modena)
Attendance
18000

Goals

M. Destro 5'
(assist by C. Marchisio) 
1 - 0
F. Peluso 90'+2
(assist by A. Pirlo) 
2 - 0

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