Prandelli is confused, says Graziani

FIFA World Cup winner Francesco Graziani has questioned the tactics employed by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli at the 2014 tournament.

Italy produced a below-par performance in their second World Cup clash against Costa Rica on Friday, which ended in a surprise 1-0 defeat, after beating England 2-1 in their Group D opener.

Prandelli's men failed to break down a determined Costa Rica side, who ensured progression to the last 16 with victory.

The result means that Italy now need a point in Tuesday's decisive clash with Uruguay to make sure of a place in the next stage. 

But former Italy striker Graziani, who helped his country to triumph in the 1982 tournament, feels Prandelli is hindering the hopes of the four-time champions.

"Prandelli is making too many errors," Graziani told Radio Blu.

"He is confused and he’s losing his hold on the situation. Ciro Immobile, who was the top scorer in Serie A this season, did not even come off the bench against Costa Rica."

Speaking about Prandelli's selection in midfield in Italy's win over England, Graziani added: "You cannot play with Daniele De Rossi, Marco Verratti and Andrea Pirlo together. I hope he realises this."