Italy criticizes scheduling, format of Confederations Cup

AP, Friday 28 Jun 2013

The Azzurri boss says teams need more time to recover

taly players react after losing the penalty shootout of the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match between Spain and Italy at Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, Thursday, June 27, 2013 (Photo: AP)

After its draining penalty shootout loss to Spain in the semifinals, Italy is questioning the scheduling of the Confederations Cup.

Italy has just two full days to recover before facing Uruguay in the third-place match Sunday in Salvador.

Coach Cesare Prandelli says, "The whole format of the tournament should be reviewed to give teams a bit more time to recover, especially when you play under this heat. It might be risky to play with short recovery time."

What's more is that the third-place match will start at 1 p.m. local time, the only match of the tournament played in the middle of the day.

Defender Giorgio Chiellini says, "It's crazy to play at 1, with this heat, for third place. They need to pay more attention when they make the schedule."

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