By FOX Sports Staff
The Azzurri put up a tough battle against Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final, with both sides creating their fair share of chances in a match which ended goalless in regulation time, needing a penalty shoot-out for Spain to book their spot against hosts Brazil in the cup final.
Prandelli believes that the Italians proved that they have the quality to match up to the best in the world.
"We earned respect. The respect of our opponents and the awareness that we're able to compete with the best," he said after the match.
"Spain are a great team, they have continuity and we wish to have that continuity.
"We played the ball a lot, short passes on the floor and displayed great generosity. When you get to the penalty kicks though, anything than happen."
Spain failed to register a shot in the first half thanks to Italy's disciplined shape and Prandelli rued the fact that they failed to maintain the intensity throughout the match.
"We played a great first half and then of course we couldn't keep up the same intensity," he continued.
"We tried to play the ball low, but they were very good in defence and exploited some chances on the counter-attack. We used [Emanuele] Giaccherini a lot, especially in the first half and I have to congratulate my team.
"As I said before, we wanted to play the way we did. We wanted to deal with Spain on a technical level as well, we started out this way and I want to continue this because we have the right qualities to play this way."