World Cup 2014: Cesare Prandelli's tactics 'out of this world' - AFC Bournemouth's Richard Hughes warns England ahead of Italy clash

TACTICIAN: Italy boss Cesare Prandelli

TACTICIAN: Italy boss Cesare Prandelli

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ITALIAN football pundit Richard Hughes warns that England must take care of the ball to stand any chance of outfoxing his childhood mentor Cesare Prandelli.

Cherries’ recently-retired midfielder, a summariser of Serie A matches for BT Sport, was raised in Milan and spent his formative years under the tutelage of Italy’s current boss at Atalanta.

Hughes, who has agreed in principle a deal to stay at Dean Court as part of Eddie Howe’s backroom staff, said England would have “no surprises” for the Italians when they clash in the Three Lions’ World Cup opener tomorrow (11pm).

In Prandelli, the former Scotland international believes Italy hold a tactical “trump card” and argues that a draw would represent success for Roy Hodgson’s men in Manaus.

Providing an insight into Prandelli’s work, Hughes told the Daily Echo: “I have always raved about him ever since he managed at youth team level.

“He is an outstanding manager who has a fantastic manner about him. He is an articulate, calm person with a good demeanour. You listen when he speaks because what he says is important.

“Tactically, he’s out of this world. I only played under him for a couple of years but he taught me everything I know about the game tactically.

“I played in several positions under him and he was good at teaching people how to develop and play in a cohesive manner, a crucial aspect at international level.

“Individuals come in from different clubs and you have to create a team very quickly and he’s the perfect man for that. His versatility and ability to harness a team from a group of individuals gives Italy every chance in this tournament.”

Hughes, however, does believe England can trouble the Italians with possession, pace and a plan for their main man – Andrea Pirlo.

“You have to have a plan for Pirlo,” added Hughes. “It might be to man mark him, or take advantage of his weaknesses by getting attacking midfielders running off him but you have to do something.

“His offensive abilities on the ball are outstanding. I don’t think enough teams have got to grips with him over the past few years and he allows other players to hurt you.

“You either have to take the game to Italy or counter-attack relentlessly and England didn’t do that in the Euros two years ago, they just sat back and allowed Italy to dictate territorially and in possession.

“I would definitely go with pace across the three attacking midfield positions but England have got to be a lot better at retaining possession to make it work.

“Pace is all well and good if you have the ball and getting in those first two or three passes under pressure is vital to release the counter-attacking opportunities.

“Even in the Honduras friendly, England struggled with that and made hard work of it. That worries me and is why I don’t think this match will necessarily suit them.

“If I were England I would take the draw here and now because it would be a better result for them than Italy.”

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8:37am Fri 13 Jun 14

onefortheditch says...

We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!!

#royforpresident
We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!! #royforpresident onefortheditch
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8:39am Fri 13 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

onefortheditch wrote:
We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!!

#royforpresident
really ?
[quote][p][bold]onefortheditch[/bold] wrote: We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!! #royforpresident[/p][/quote]really ? afcbtintin
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9:02am Fri 13 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

afcbtintin wrote:
onefortheditch wrote: We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!! #royforpresident
really ?
I think we'll beat Italy 2-1, but will be holding back on a 'winning the tournament' prediction.

However I do predict we'll win it in the future if EH is ever appointed the England manager, after we are well established in the PL of course!
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onefortheditch[/bold] wrote: We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!! #royforpresident[/p][/quote]really ?[/p][/quote]I think we'll beat Italy 2-1, but will be holding back on a 'winning the tournament' prediction. However I do predict we'll win it in the future if EH is ever appointed the England manager, after we are well established in the PL of course! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
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9:10am Fri 13 Jun 14

contric says...

england will win theworld cup only if its played on fantasy island i cant believe people are saying they will win it they are light years behind other teams inthe world cup
england will win theworld cup only if its played on fantasy island i cant believe people are saying they will win it they are light years behind other teams inthe world cup contric
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9:10am Fri 13 Jun 14

contric says...

england will win theworld cup only if its played on fantasy island i cant believe people are saying they will win it they are light years behind other teams inthe world cup
england will win theworld cup only if its played on fantasy island i cant believe people are saying they will win it they are light years behind other teams inthe world cup contric
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9:25am Fri 13 Jun 14

coops1965cherry says...

Respect to you Hughesy but I feel England do have the edge this time.
Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal.

U T C I A D.
Respect to you Hughesy but I feel England do have the edge this time. Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
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10:40am Fri 13 Jun 14

onefortheditch says...

afcbtintin wrote:
onefortheditch wrote:
We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!!

#royforpresident
really ?
Course.... Pirlo is about six hundred (even older than strive g), and Henderson will have him in his pocket... As for the rest of them - neymar, messi, ronaldo, i would take Danny "goals" Welbeck over them any day of the week

#royforpresident
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onefortheditch[/bold] wrote: We all love you, Richard, and of course wholeheartedly respect your opinion.... But you're wrong, England are gonna win this game, on their way to winning the World Cup!! #royforpresident[/p][/quote]really ?[/p][/quote]Course.... Pirlo is about six hundred (even older than strive g), and Henderson will have him in his pocket... As for the rest of them - neymar, messi, ronaldo, i would take Danny "goals" Welbeck over them any day of the week #royforpresident onefortheditch
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10:54am Fri 13 Jun 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

Where is the voting option "I really couldn't give a toss" ?

Speaking personally whilst I don't actually wish England bad luck per se, I do hope they get knocked out as soon as possible so that the English media can cease their incessant wendyball world cup nonsense in the mistaken belief that most people are actually interested in it.
Where is the voting option "I really couldn't give a toss" ? Speaking personally whilst I don't actually wish England bad luck per se, I do hope they get knocked out as soon as possible so that the English media can cease their incessant wendyball world cup nonsense in the mistaken belief that most people are actually interested in it. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
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12:49pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Noel. says...

Well, after watching Brazil-Croatia last night it's pretty clear Brazil are going to win the tournament as refs have been given clear instructions to give any possible decision in their favour.

Neymar should never had been on the field to score the equaliser, look at the replay of the elbowing incident - he clearly looked at the player for some seconds then, having seen were he was, turned his head away to avoid suspicion and raised his elbow in one movement. He certainly conned the ref a pup on that one.

The penalty never was, and the Croats had a clearer penalty shout later in the game , not to mention the last defender bringing down Olec as the goalie came out to collect a through ball.

I think we stand a good chance of beating Italy, but not the Cup - Sepp Blatter and Platini have decided it's Brazil's year.
Well, after watching Brazil-Croatia last night it's pretty clear Brazil are going to win the tournament as refs have been given clear instructions to give any possible decision in their favour. Neymar should never had been on the field to score the equaliser, look at the replay of the elbowing incident - he clearly looked at the player for some seconds then, having seen were he was, turned his head away to avoid suspicion and raised his elbow in one movement. He certainly conned the ref a pup on that one. The penalty never was, and the Croats had a clearer penalty shout later in the game , not to mention the last defender bringing down Olec as the goalie came out to collect a through ball. I think we stand a good chance of beating Italy, but not the Cup - Sepp Blatter and Platini have decided it's Brazil's year. Noel.
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12:53pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Noel. says...

Noel. wrote:
Well, after watching Brazil-Croatia last night it's pretty clear Brazil are going to win the tournament as refs have been given clear instructions to give any possible decision in their favour.

Neymar should never had been on the field to score the equaliser, look at the replay of the elbowing incident - he clearly looked at the player for some seconds then, having seen were he was, turned his head away to avoid suspicion and raised his elbow in one movement. He certainly conned the ref a pup on that one.

The penalty never was, and the Croats had a clearer penalty shout later in the game , not to mention the last defender bringing down Olec as the goalie came out to collect a through ball.

I think we stand a good chance of beating Italy, but not the Cup - Sepp Blatter and Platini have decided it's Brazil's year.
"conned the ref a pup" - sorry changed 'sold the ref a pup' to 'conned the ref ' and messed up the edit
[quote][p][bold]Noel.[/bold] wrote: Well, after watching Brazil-Croatia last night it's pretty clear Brazil are going to win the tournament as refs have been given clear instructions to give any possible decision in their favour. Neymar should never had been on the field to score the equaliser, look at the replay of the elbowing incident - he clearly looked at the player for some seconds then, having seen were he was, turned his head away to avoid suspicion and raised his elbow in one movement. He certainly conned the ref a pup on that one. The penalty never was, and the Croats had a clearer penalty shout later in the game , not to mention the last defender bringing down Olec as the goalie came out to collect a through ball. I think we stand a good chance of beating Italy, but not the Cup - Sepp Blatter and Platini have decided it's Brazil's year.[/p][/quote]"conned the ref a pup" - sorry changed 'sold the ref a pup' to 'conned the ref ' and messed up the edit Noel.
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2:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

onefortheditch says...

BigAlfromsunnyBourne
mouth
wrote:
Where is the voting option "I really couldn't give a toss" ?

Speaking personally whilst I don't actually wish England bad luck per se, I do hope they get knocked out as soon as possible so that the English media can cease their incessant wendyball world cup nonsense in the mistaken belief that most people are actually interested in it.
Big Al, mate, whats up? do you need a cuddle??

busy day, huh? reading an article and taking the time to comment on something that you 'couldn't give a toss' about?? now, behave yourself, young man... or i shall lock up the biscuit jar and send you to you room!

kisses!!!

#royforpresident
[quote][p][bold]BigAlfromsunnyBourne mouth[/bold] wrote: Where is the voting option "I really couldn't give a toss" ? Speaking personally whilst I don't actually wish England bad luck per se, I do hope they get knocked out as soon as possible so that the English media can cease their incessant wendyball world cup nonsense in the mistaken belief that most people are actually interested in it.[/p][/quote]Big Al, mate, whats up? do you need a cuddle?? busy day, huh? reading an article and taking the time to comment on something that you 'couldn't give a toss' about?? now, behave yourself, young man... or i shall lock up the biscuit jar and send you to you room! kisses!!! #royforpresident onefortheditch
  • Score: 1

3:25pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

On a par with saying "we need to beat Italy to win the game" or "we need to scores more goals than them". A typical football pundit comment.
On a par with saying "we need to beat Italy to win the game" or "we need to scores more goals than them". A typical football pundit comment. bobthedestroyer
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3:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

I would be surprised if England win the WC but they are a good team.
I would be surprised if England win the WC but they are a good team. bobthedestroyer
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