Prandelli celebrates Italy’s success in Santa suit

Christmas has come early for Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.

With three Italian teams advancing to the knockout round of the

Champions League, Prandelli put on a Santa Claus suit and handed

out gifts to children in Florence on Thursday. Italy is the only

country with three clubs in the last 16 of Europe’s top club

competition – AC Milan, Inter Milan and Napoli.

Prandelli says ”with three Italian squads in the Champions

League I’m going to be even happier this Christmas. … The players

gain experience, have more matches and therefore we’ll enter a big

event like the European Championship better prepared.”

For Euro 2012, Italy has been drawn into a difficult group with

defending champion Spain, Ireland and Croatia.