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Prandelli coy on Italy's chances

ITALY COACH Cesare Prandelli has played down his side's chances of success at Euro 2012 after a series of injuries has caused him problems.

Prandelli will name a preliminary 30-man squad this Sunday, waiting until closer to the finals before trimming that to 23, but there are injury concerns over Giuseppe Rossi - who is definitely out - and Antonio Cassano.

"Our potential has been decreased by 50 per cent, but I'm not worried and I'll have to improvise," he added.

"Our desire to surprise has to be stronger than our difficulties. We shouldn't forget that you can find some nice surprises in the most difficult moments. We have the time to prepare for our first game against Spain. Even if the fact that Barcelona and Real Madrid didn't make the Champions League Final makes Spain more dangerous.

"Croatia are a tough team too, with a very competitive midfield and attack. They'll be a hard obstacle to get over. Then there is Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland," added Prandelli, who hopes that he will get to see out the last two years of his contract even if his side fail in Poland/Ukraine.

"I have a contract with the Federation up until June 2014 and I intend to respect it," he said.

"I want to continue even if I am aware that the future of coaches is dependant on results."