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Cesare Maldini praises Italy coach for doing fabulous job

Rome: Former national football coach Paolo Maldini has praised Cesare Prandelli for doing a fabulous job with Italy.

Prandelli took over the Azzuris following a disappointing showing at the 2010 World Cup. He then steered the team to the Euro 2012 finals and is now plotting success at Brazil 2014.

"This national team is beautiful, fun and creates enthusiasm," Maldini, who coached Italy at the 1998 World Cup, told Radio Onda Libera.

"They are playing well and attracting attention."

Prandelli has opened the door to youth and focused on getting the Azzurri playing a bright brand of football.

"Prandelli is the right man to take this side far," the former Milan legend, father of Paolo Maldini, continued.

"He knows how to convey serenity and confidence. He`s wise, he explains things well and he avoids controversy.

"He also has so many youngsters who he can focus on with his eyes closed. Look at Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, players with extraordinary talent. They can only grow and mature," he added.