Italy thrashed the Faroe Islands as enthusiasm continues to grow...Cesare Prandelli is delighted with Italy's 5-0 win over the Faroe Islands and admitted he expected an easy night.
Alberto Gilardino, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Cassano, Fabio Quagliarella and Andrea Pirlo all scored in what was a straightforward victory for la Nazionale.
It could have been double figures, but Prandelli is more than satisfied with the result.
"It was easy because I knew Florence would always be generous, the fans have always been great with me and so I knew it would be easy tonight," he told Rai after the match.
"Did I have any fear? There is always a risk, but the players were good as they raised the rhythm and we got the early goals.
"Cassano is well mentally and he does the important things all over the pitch, especially near the box.
"I expected Gilardino to score and I am happy for him. The enthusiasm for the national team is always growing."
And Gilardino was pleased to have scored for the first time since last year.
"It was important to have played like this and win with so many goals. we sent a message out tonight and it was a good win. I am happy to have scored," added the striker.
"We knew it would be difficult if we didn't get the early goal and so we did. It was important. And we played really well, it was a team win."
Montolivo was also on hand to help his side garner the win, and he feels the team is moving in the right direction.
"I find myself well in this midfield. The idea is to change position and alternate. I think we are on the right track. I am happy with my play, but I could have done more tonight," he said.
"[Giampaolo] Pazzini? He was unlucky not to score, but he will soon I am sure.
"Cassano excluded in the past? Marcello Lippi made his choices then. It's best to forget the past though. Who knows what would have happened if Cassano was there [at the 2010 World Cup]."