Prandelli: Denmark victory would be an important step

The 55-year-old was tight-lipped on his side's preparations for Tuesday's encounter, but admitted the contest would go a long way towards deciding the team's fate in Group B.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says victory over Denmark on Tuesday would be "an important step" in his team's quest for World Cup 2014 qualification.

Despite beating Armenia 3-1 on Friday night, Italy has been severely criticized for its display by the Italian media and as a result Prandelli adopted a cautious approach in his pre-match press conference.

“I have respect for the press, but from home it’s difficult to judge a football match. I don’t want to give any advantage to the opponents," he told reporters. “Denmark are a well organized team, but we need the three points. If we can manage to earn those it would be an important step in a very balanced group.”

Italy goes into the game in first place in the group after taking seven points from its first three games, while Denmark begins in a disappointing fifth spot, with two points from two matches.

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