Champions League - Prandelli saddened by Italian European disaster

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is saddened by the Champions League exits of Juventus and Napoli.

Serie A will have only one representative in the last 16 – Milan – after the Bianconeri and Azzurri failed to progress.

Juventus lost their initially abandoned game at Istanbul on a terrible pitch affected by the weather, while the Stadio San Paolo outfit finished third in their group – even if level on points with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.

“I’m bitter about the Champions League,” the CT noted to Tuttosport. “All three could have qualified, yet only Milan did it by playing a game of suffering.

“Napoli were unlucky and to go out in that way was sensational. Meanwhile, Juventus were damaged in Istanbul.

“The game should not have gone ahead and it could have been postponed, there was time for that.”

Prandelli added: “Italian football has to grow as a movement, it needs to change its attitude and its general culture.

“We need to grow without taking any shortcuts.”

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