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Prandelli: Italy must not make 'one step forward and two steps back'
Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2012 by Goal.com

The trainer is happy with the Azzurri’s displays during the tournament, despite losing to Spain in the final, and believes playing well is the key to getting results in the future

Prandelli: Italy must not make 'one step forward and two steps back'

Cesare Prandelli insists Italy must make sure their run to the Euro 2012 final was no flash in the pan by pressing on with their development.

The Azzurri proved many of their doubters wrong by reaching Sunday's final, where despite losing 4-0 to Spain, they nonetheless earned plaudits for pursuing an attacking approach throughout the tournament.

But while Prandelli is pleased with the efforts of his players in Poland and Ukraine, he has warned that they must continue to progress and not take "one step forward and two steps back".

Speaking to reporters, Prandelli said: "We must be proud of this Italy squad and our football. You journalists cheering me on is the sign that you are are starting believe in our project.

"We are an old country and we need to develop. The result of the final must not change our mind about change, we must not make one step forward and two steps back.

“Maybe it will be difficult, but we have to play well and get results at the same time. We must manage the national team like a club."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia