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Analyzing its errors, Italy finds a mental problem

India TV News Desk 16 Jun 2012, 22:30:31 IST
India TV News Desk
Poland, Jun16:  For a match and a half, everything seemed to be going so well for Italy. So, what happened midway through the game with Croatia?



In the immediate aftermath of the Italians' disappointing 1-1 draw in their second match, coach Cesare Prandelli alluded to physical problems after the opening hour. But after taking the time to analyze video material, he came to a different conclusion.

Prandelli says “it was the wrong mental approach. This squad is born to play and if we move 20 meters backward and we start thinking about defending a lead, we become a squad full of fear.”

Italy had six shots on goal in the first half against Croatia—including a goal from Andrea Pirlo—but just one in the second.