Italy are not Barcelona - Cesare Prandelli

The Azzurri coach is willing to take the brunt of the blame for their poor performance against the Faroes and says they cannot mimic the Catalan's approach to the beautiful game
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has insisted his side do not attempt to play like Barcelona and admitted they could have prepared better for the narrow 1-0 victory against the Faroe Islands in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday.

The 54-year-old had previously told reporters that he was keen to adopt a more passing game similar to the successful 'tiki-taki' system used by Spain and Barcelona. However, Prandelli has now distanced himself from the idea of copying such philosophies.

"Have I been thinking about possible changes to our tactics? Yes," Prandelli told reporters at the national training base in Coverciano, "But the Barcelona model has been greatly exaggerated and the comparisons between us and them were never made ​​by me.

"Some games can help you understand your limits, and finally you [the reporters] can realise we are not like them. They [Barcelona] are a team that has been nurtured for many years, while we are only at the beginning of the road."

Despite picking up an important three points in their qualification campaign in Group C en route to Poland and Ukraine next year, Italy appeared laboured and sluggish as their Scandinavian opponents gave them a huge scare, and the tactician was honest in his assessment of their performance.

"I barely slept last night, and I've watched the game back," he continued. "There is much work to be done, despite our great start.

"Perhaps the fault is mine, as we tried to translate what we have experimented in training on to the pitch too quickly. We broke into their box six times, but kept on trying to pass the ball into the net without pulling the trigger.

"However, we are still a solid team. On Friday, some players showed a little anxiety and concern in their display and in the next few games we have to eradicate this."

The former Fiorentina coach then switched the focus to their clash with Slovenia on Tuesday in Florence, where they will confirm qualification for the Euro 2012 finals with a victory.

"I will not change much against Slovenia on Tuesday night, so the team will very much remain similar to the one against Faroe Islands." concluded Prandelli.