Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has admitted that his team was too slow and inefficient for his liking after its hard-fought 1-0 victory over Faroe Islands on Friday in the Euro 2012 Qualifiers.
"We tried to construct opportunities, but we were too slow throughout the match," said Prandelli to Rai Uno after the match. "At international level, anything can happen but we always remained focused. We lacked the final pass, but the pitch was heavy and conditions were difficult," he continued. "However, there are no excuses when you do not take advantage of the early domination we had."
An Antonio Cassano goal early on secured the win, but not before a surprise examination from its tenacious Scandinavian hosts, which included the Italian's woodwork being hit twice, and Prandelli made no bones about their limp display.
After discussing its struggles, the coach was unmoved on his cautious stance of qualification, whilst also reflecting on a possible tactical change, regarding striker Mario Balotelli.
"Balotelli? Yes, maybe we could have introduced him a little earlier, but we got the result so it's okay. We are closer to qualification, but are not yet done. Despite the game seeming easy [on paper], it was anything but," concluded Prandelli.
Italy is in line to qualify for Euro 2012 from Group C, when it faces Slovenia on September 6.