16:22  ,  October 9, 2013

Italy boss not considering team among favorites for 2014 World Cup

Italian national football squad manager Cesare Prandelli spoke about his team’s chances in the 2014 World Club to be hosted by Brazil.  

“We are no longer among the front line of favorites for next year’s tournament.

“My players understand our potential very well. [But] we can make up for our lack of big name stars with our great collective strength.

“If we start with this principle, I’m sure we’ll have a great tournament.

“I’m not going to say what we’re dreaming of. All I can say is, you have to dream big,” FIFA official website quotes Prandelli as saying. 

To note, after eight rounds in World Cup qualifiers in Group B, the Azzurri have already booked their spot at Brazil 2014, with 20 points, Bulgaria have 13 points, Denmark have 12 points, Armenia and the Czech Republic have 9 points, apiece, and Malta have 3 points.   

Italy will travel to Copenhagen to play Denmark on Friday, and then host Armenia in Naples on October 15.

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