By Salvatore Landolina
21 Mar 2011 17:26:00
Cesare Prandelli – Italy (Getty Images)
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli admits Mario Balotelli has asked for help to stop himself from “destroying everything” after he was excluded from the squad following last week’s dismissal for Manchester City in the Europa League.
Prandelli said Balotelli is sorry for his recent behaviour which saw his place taken away for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia, after failing to meet the code of ethics utilised by the coach.
Now Prandelli, having heard from the 20-year-old forward, is keen to remind his players to keep onside when it comes to all-round discipline. Roma’s Daniele De Rossi was also punished with exclusion as he explained his choices.
“I spoke with Balotelli and he is sorry what happened. He has asked me for help, he knows he was stupid, and he asked how he can stop himself from destroying everything,” the Azzurri tactician told the press.
“However, we keep him in consideration. As for De Rossi, I have not spoke with him. But, the exclusion is just for one game, so we will see what happens for Ukraine.
“We must win, but we have to remember to be loyal and sportsmanlike. The code of ethics will go ahead at all costs, if not then we are not credible. Everyone agrees with it, and no-one has rejected it.”
Antonio Cassano is back in the squad, and the former Fiorentina boss said of his inclusion: “He is well physically, and I am not worried if he is on the Milan bench, in fact everyone arrives here with a different spirit and it serves them well.”
Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero continue to send reminders to the man in charge, and although he made clear the project is for the Italy of tomorrow, trouble down the line could see him revert back to including some veteran stars.
“Seeing that this is just a game for fun, if I need Totti and Del Piero for the Euros then I will call them,” he jokingly said.
“But, my project is focused on players of a certain calibre who offer prospective, as my project is for the future.”