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Renzi 'world class' says Prandelli

'I've seen him as PM for 10 years' says Italy coach

22 February, 13:46
Renzi 'world class' says Prandelli (ANSA) - Florence, February 22 - New Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is "world class," Italy soccer coach Cesare Prandelli said after the Democratic Party leader was sworn in Saturday.

The former Florence mayor "is a champion, he's world class, and I'm sure he'll succeed," Prandelli said. "We hope he can be as good as he always has been," he said.

"I saw Matteo Renzi as a (potential) premier as long as 10 years ago so it didn't surprise me (when he got the premiership)," said the Azzurri coach, who watched Fiorentina play Genoa at the Florence side's stadium with Renzi last month.