Prandelli: Italy’s midfield ruled

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Mario Balotelli's header in the 50th minute proved to be the winner in the Group D clash as Italy made the perfect start to their 2014 World Cup campaign.

READ: Balotelli header buries England

Italy had majority of possession and Prandelli was full of praise for his midfielders.

"I am clearly satisfied with this victory as this match against England was very difficult, they are a very good team," he said.

"We had a very good basis in midfield."

"We don’t have players who are as powerful as England so we had to enhance the abilities of our players,” Prandelli said.

"They have technical abilities that are really, really good. In the first-half we had better ball possession. This is a way to go."

“Madness” is what Prandelli called Fifa's decision not to have breaks in the humid conditions in Manaus.

"It was madness not to have time-outs in these conditions," he told RAI Sport.

"It was impossible to maintain that level of intensity. The team suffered, but we maintained the supremacy in the middle of the field.

"We worked well in training and it showed, as midway through the second half England’s players had cramp. It means our work paid off."

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