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Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli impressed with Itaipava Arena Pernambuco and hopes for water breaks against Costa Rica

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Italy Head Coach Cesare Prandelli has praised the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco.

The 56 year-old's side face Costa Rica in their second Group B match at the stadium in Recife.

Speaking in a press conference, Prandelli stated that he was pleased with the structure, but is concerned with the likely heat and would welcome drinks breaks.

“The work at the stadium has been finished, it’s a very nice stadium,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“We knew we would encounter this temperature and this humidity. We are ready.

“We have no excuses and the climate does not worry us anymore. It is the teams who worry us, those who know how to up the tempo – in other words, the South American teams, who have shown more explosiveness compared to the Europeans.

“We will have to suffer and tomorrow we will have to emphasise the idea of our game even more.

“Today we have done some trials. At 13.20 it was 29 degrees and 57 per cent humidity. A few minutes later it was almost 40 degrees and the humidity had jumped to 70 per cent.

“For this, they should always do time outs.”


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