"I saw a great Italy," Prandelli told RAI Sport. "We conceded on one counter-attack, which was what they wanted, but we created four scoring opportunities in the first half and I said we had to keep believing.
"This is a special team because in my view we know our limits and try to emphasise our qualities," he added. "We achieved that over the years and want to increase our belief that we can do even better."
There are two more rounds of matches left in the qualifying campaign.