On Friday night, Italy lost to Costa Rica in one of the poorest displays seen since Cesare Prandelli took over from Marcello Lippi back in 2010. The coach’s personnel changes robbed his side of creativity, whilst also damaging their chemistry, and the consequences of his decisions came at a heavy cost for the Azzurri.
They now face the arduous task of taking points in their final game against a Uruguay side boosted by both their win over England and the return of Luis Suarez. The in-form Liverpool striker returned to resign Roy Hodgson’s men to defeat and looked to have recovered almost completely from his recent knee surgery.
In order to accomplish that goal, Prandelli will need to make a number of key changes, and this time he must get them absolutely right, or risk seeing his Azzurri crash out at the group stage. Over the following pages, three of those decisions are discussed in detail, identifying where alterations are most desperately required.