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
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
"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.