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Prandelli warns Italy against complacency in Euro2016 qualifiers

English.news.cn   2014-02-24 08:32:23

ROME, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Italy head coach warned on Sunday that his side's opponents in the Euro2016 qualifiers are not as easy to handle as many considered.

The Azzurri have been drawn into group H which also includes Croatia, Bulgaria, Norway, Azerbaijan and Malta.

Prandelli insisted that while Italy were fortunate to have avoided two notable teams of Belgium and Switzerland from Pot 2, their qualifiers could in no way be plain sailing.

"It's true that we avoided Belgium and Switzerland, but I don't think that Croatia are inferior to those two teams," Prandellis said.

"This is not as easy a group as many could think. It is a challenging round. Croatia and Bulgaria are potential winners of the group," he said.

"We have played Malta recently and know the difficulties that lie ahead - Norway are a good team and Azerbaijan is going through a period of growth," he added.

Croatia head Coach Niko Kovac ranked Italy as favorites in their group.

"I am satisfied with the draw, but to be objective, I think Italy are the favorites in our group," he said.

"However, the rest of the teams in this group are also serious contenders," he said.

Norway manager Per-Mathias Hogmo suggested that this group could be tight.

"Croatia are among the strongest sides from the second level. It's an exciting group, which I think will be quite tight," he said.

Editor: Yang Lina
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