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Abete urges patience

Azzurri president says Prandelli needs time

Last Updated: 06/09/10 3:18pm

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Prandelli: Needs time

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President of the Italian Football Federation Giancarlo Abete has asked the media and fans to be patient with the national side.

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Cesare Prandelli marked his first match since taking the reins from Marcello Lippi with a 2-1 comeback victory over Estonia in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday.

Italy are in the middle of a rebuilding process after a dismal showing in this summer's World Cup in South Africa, where they crashed out in the group stage.

And Abete insists it will take time to click into gear once more. "We are all trying to bounce back together from the big disappointment of the World Cup in South Africa," he told Radio RAI.

"This is a different national team and we have to give Prandelli time to work in peace with the youngsters."

Italy will be expected to make it two qualifying wins out of two when they host the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

"The important thing is that everyone works for the team," Abete added.

"We knew even before the World Cup that we needed an almost complete renovation (of the team) and we know how difficult it is to get results when you make changes.

"We have to be close to the national team. I think the players did well in Estonia."

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