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Cesare Prandelli: "We met a team of great quality"

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Cesare Prandelli says that he is not too disappointed following last night's 2-1 defeat to Argentina.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has labelled Argentina as "one of the best" sides in the world following his team's 2-1 defeat in Rome.

Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega scored the goals - with only Lorenzo Insigne's 75th-minute strike in reply - to help Alejandro Sabella's men record victory.

"We met a team of great quality, one of the best in the world," Prandelli told RAI Sport.

"We made mistakes coming out of defence and started badly, but in my view we moved the ball well. We lacked that grit and finish around the box that a team needs.

"Honour to Argentina, as they are a very strong side. Missing certain key players, we were forced to make different choices in our passing and approach play."

Italy play host to Bulgaria for a World Cup Group B qualifier on September 6.

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Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the international friendly match between Italy v Argentina at Stadio Olimpico on August 14, 2013
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