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Prandelli calls for paradigm shift

21 July 2014, 18:46

Italy - Former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli insists that there needs to be a change in philosophy if the national team is to achieve success on the global stage.

Italy were unceremoniously dumped from the World Cup, following a series of mediocre performances during the group phase of the tournament.

While Prandelli accepted responsibility for Italy’s failure at the World Cup, when he resigned from his position last month, he is also of the conviction that the status quo will remain if certain aspects of development were not adequately addressed.

Prandelli suggested that, at this juncture, clubs were more concerned about advancing their own interests than they were about advancing the interests of the national team, making particular reference to the foreign influence in the Serie A.

"When Germany were in trouble, they asked themselves the question which team was the most important. Their answer was Germany and not Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund," Prandelli told Corriere della Sera on Monday.

"In Italy only 38 per cent of the players are Italian. Juventus have six foreigners in their starting XI. I have told the clubs to focus on their youth players, but if even those teams are full of foreign players.

"The most important team in Italy is not Juventus, Roma, Inter or AC Milan, but it's the national team. That's the only way to get ready for major tournaments," added Prandelli, who feels that the resources at his disposal during the World Cup were limited.

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