Saturday, 13 October 2007

[Reaction] Roberto Donadoni

Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has praised his Azzurri side for collecting the win that was expected and needed against Georgia.

Goals either side of half-time from Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Grosso put the Azzurri back into second place in Group B.

"It was important for us to win tonight," noted the tactician after the clash in Genoa. "The players put in an excellent performance, one full of character.

"I saw my men face this match with the right attitude. That is what really pleased me about this encounter."

The Azzurri didn’t sparkle in Genoa though and the under pressure coach admitted that things proved particularly difficult after the break.

"We certainly played better in the opening period," he insisted. "We had more intensity then, whereas in the second half we just controlled things to make sure we took home the victory."

The match was made safe by a lovely Fabio Grosso goal, a strike which Donadoni has nothing but respect for. "It was a beautiful goal and came at the end of a great move," he noted.

Although Italy are currently in a qualification place, it does look increasingly likely that the Azzurri will have to win in Scotland next month after the latter beat the Ukraine 3-1 earlier today.

"I didn’t watch Scotland because it was of no interest to me at that stage," continued the former Livorno boss. "Now we have a month to prepare for the game against them. We know that our play and creativity need to improve.

"However, we were not at 100 per cent so I am therefore satisfied with what was done tonight. I want to thank the team for that."

Italy are next in action on Wednesday evening when they will play South Africa in a friendly in Siena.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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