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Prandelli relishing Mario challenge

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is enjoying the challenge of coaching Manchester City's temperamental striker Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012.

There had been doubts before the tournament about whether Balotelli - previously dropped by Prandelli due to his disciplinary record on and off the pitch - would make the final squad. But Balotelli repaid Prandelli's faith in him on Thursday night, scoring both goals for Italy as they beat Germany 2-1 to reach the final of the European Championship.

"I have coached Adriano, (Adrian) Mutu, (Antonio) Cassano and Balotelli," Prandelli said in a press conference on Friday. "They are difficult to manage but it's more fascinating. In the end, they are more faithful than those (players) who think they are a champions when they aren't. They are players that have quality and make you win."

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