Prandelli pleased with Italy results

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli praised his side's performance in the Confederations Cup after beating Uruguay to clinch third place.

Andrea Pirlo, Italy

By FOX Sports Staff

Italy impressed in the Confederations Cup with displays of attacking football that impressed against the likes of Brazil and Spain. The Azzurri eventually finished in third place after edging out Uruguay 3-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Prandelli revelled in the result and lavished praise on the players after an intense tournament.

"It is a more than positive tournament because this team showed great character. On 30 June after a long season these lads were so generous," the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

"We deserved this result with some good performances and have been getting more consistent as time went on. For the first time in my career I couldn't figure out what to do, as eight players wanted to be substituted.

"We suffered, stayed in the game and then the penalties are always a bit of a lottery."

Prandelli hailed captain Gianluigi Buffon, who was the hero for Italy with three penalty kicks saved in the shoot-out.

"In Italy people say so many ridiculous things. Penalties can be saved or not, but the problem is that people assume it's easy to save a spot-kick," continued Prandelli.

"Gigi is a great goalkeeper who again proved tonight how much he cares about the shirt."

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