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valdanito2010-05-04 03:48:36 +0000 #1
Don has two Glasgow doubts

Wednesday 14 November, 2007

Less than 72 hours from the showdown with Scotland, Roberto Donadoni’s Italy line-up seems to have just two doubts in defence and midfield.

Saturday’s encounter in Glasgow is a decisive match in the race for Euro 2008 qualification, as Scotland need a win while the Azzurri could feasibly be content with a draw, having to face the Faroe Islands in their final game next Wednesday.

According to the Italian media, Donadoni has already picked his starting XI save for two alternatives.

Massimo Oddo’s pace and the experience of Christian Panucci duel for the right-back slot in Hampden Park.

It is another Milan-Roma challenge for the midfield place between Massimo Ambrosini and World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi.

Gianluca Zambrotta has now joined the squad at the Coverciano training ground, as Barcelona opted to delay handing over the player until the legal four-day limit.

It is believed the Coach will take on Scotland with a 4-1-4-1 system that can transform into a 4-3-3 when in possession.

The rest of the line-up should consist of Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Barzagli and Zambrotta in defence, while Mauro Camoranesi and Antonio Di Natale flank striker Luca Toni.

During today’s session Donadoni oversaw a game between ranks with two different tactical systems, one a 4-4-2 and the other a 4-3-3.

Yellow: Buffon; Panucci, Bonera, Chiellini, Zambrotta; Quagliarella, Perrotta, Pirlo, Palladino; Toni, Gilardino

Blue: Amelia; Oddo, Cannavaro, Barzagli, Grosso; Camoranesi, Gattuso, De Rossi; Iaquinta, Lucarelli, Di Natale

It was the Blue team that emerged with a 4-3 victory thanks to braces from Vincenzo Iaquinta and Gennaro Gattuso.

Toni netted twice for the Yellow side and Alberto Gilardino got the other goal.


Good luck to Italy, as this tournament wouldnt be the same missing the italians, and more now after recent WC glory.

Good luck Azurri



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