Friday, 30 May 2008

[Azzurri Reaction] Win pleases Donadoni

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni is happy with the 3-1 victory over Belgium in their final warm-up game for UEFA Euro 2008.

The Azzurri went ahead after nine minutes through Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale, who then doubled Italy's lead just before the break.

Mauro Camoranesi put the game beyond Belgium after 49 minutes, allowing La Nazionale to ease out the second half.

"It was an important result," explained Donadoni. "We were a bit naive in places, but showed enough."

The former Livorno tactician tried a 4-3-3 formation and made six changes in the match, insisting it was vital Italy experiment before the European Championship.

The tournament, which is being held in Austria and Switzerland, starts on June 7, with Italy opening their campaign against the Netherlands two days later.

"I wanted to get a feeling for different situations," said Donadoni. "On the whole, the players went about their business in the right way.

"They know this and the spirit in the camp is good."

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said before the match that morale inside the squad is similar to that at the 2006 World Cup, which Italy won.

Donadoni was quick to praise his players, who produced some nice football despite the rain in Florence.

"The downpour somewhat complicated things," he admitted. "But we played some wonderful stuff.

"I asked the players to try a particular move and they did. It worked as well, because Camoranesi scored. It came off perfectly."

The 44-year-old former Livorno coach also applauded Di Natale's individual performance.

"Di Natale did what he always does," smiled Donadoni. "He has done it the entire year and is going into the European Championship in great form."

The squad have been given the rest of the weekend off from official duty, before they meet up on Sunday night ahead of Monday's flight to their Austrian base of Baden.

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Source: C4 Football Italia

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