Prandelli: I am not Italy’s saviour
Cesare Prandelli has played down his role in Italy's recent form as they travel to the Faroe Islands in a fantastic position in Group C of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. Gli Azzuri are unbeaten after winning five of their six games, and they comfortably beat the same adversaries 5-0 last September.
It represents a turnaround from their poor 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ campaign. However, ahead of tomorrow's match, the former Fiorentina coach was modest about his impact.
"I do not feel that I am the saviour of the country because of my role as selector," he said. "My thought is only of qualifying as soon as possible and presenting a competitive team. We can still contribute to giving a different image of football."
Prandelli feels his team will still be sharp despite the postponement of the first round of Serie A fixtures last weekend due to a strike.
He said: "I was hoping to have a group of players with a little more training, with an official game in their legs. This, however, should not be a problem, because we know the importance of these games. People take for granted that everything will be easy against the Faroe Islands, but it all will depend on how we get into a game that is crucial for us."
McCann upbeat ahead of Serbia visit
Northern Ireland host Serbia in an attempt to leap into second place. Nigel Worthington's side have been in impressive form so far, with their only loss coming against Serbia in March.
The narrow 2-1 defeat in Belgrade was particularly disappointing as Northern Ireland were leading at half-time. Peterborough midfielder and experienced Northern Ireland international Grant McCann said they must win on tomorrow.
"They shouldn't have beaten us out there," he insisted. "We didn't deserve to lose. The first half was the best we've played for a long time. In the second half they changed things a bit and scored early on, but at Windsor Park we've got to fancy our chances against them. We do owe Serbia one and hopefully we can get the three points back off them.
"This is probably the biggest game of the campaign. It's a game that we need to get three points out of and I'm sure everyone in the squad will feel the same.
"At home we've got to be winning games. We were unlucky not to beat Italy and Slovenia at home. This is an opportunity to get three points and we're positive we can do it."
Second-placed Slovenia take on Estonia having won their encounter back in October last year, thanks to an own goal by Andrei Sidorenkov.