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Van Basten : Italy one of the best

snakies2010-05-04 06:58:42 +0000 #1
Marco van Basten has praised Italy for their performance in Amsterdam and admitted the Azzurri are currently better than Holland.

“We started quite well and took the initiative early on, even opening the scoring, but Italy scored on two corner kicks,” he said after the 3-1 result. “We tried to create chances after the break, but you always risk the counter-attack against the Azzurri. They played entertaining and attacking football, so I think they deserved the victory.”

Holland are currently second in the FIFA World Rankings, while Italy are battling to enter the top 10, but the former Milan legend has a rather different evaluation.

“At this moment in time Italy have more experience than we do, as they have been playing at the highest level for many years. I have some young players at my disposal and they are learning the ropes, so I believe Italy are at a more advanced stage right now. We were missing some important players, but those that were out there still should’ve done better. I think it is clear we need to improve in defence.”

The Dutch Coach had remained unbeaten since taking charge of his international side and believes Marcello Lippi’s men can go on to success in Germany next summer.

“I don’t know what will happen, but the Italy we saw here can certainly impress in the World Cup. They have an experienced defence, solid midfield, attacking wingers and some excellent strikers. Luca Toni is a great forward who knows how to do everything, so he is a real strength for the Italy squad.”


ASG2010-05-04 07:07:27 +0000 #2
good stuff thanks great game as well
snakies2010-05-04 07:03:42 +0000 #3
Marcello Lippi confirms that the 4-3-3 system is here to stay going into the World Cup, regardless of Francesco Totti’s presence.

“This is a confidence booster for us, not a signal for those on the outside, as it proved we can play our own game and beat any opponent,” he said after the 3-1 victory in Holland.

“The important thing about this result is building our belief in ourselves. It was our first tie against a truly strong side, one that hadn’t lost in about two years, and what I asked of them was to play with the same enthusiasm and character that they used in training.”

The Azzurri may not be seeds in the draw for the World Cup finals, but beat a Dutch side that had never lost under 15 games with Marco van Basten in charge. The 4-3-3 system was used again, this time without Totti, and was still extremely effective.

“I think the defence is strong when it has the collaboration and protection of the rest of the squad. Tonight we had total unity and everyone helped out their teammates.”

Alessandro Del Piero had a hand in two of Italy’s three goals and impressed in a wide left position of the trident attack.

“Del Piero proved yet again that he is an enthusiastic professional who, though he may not play very often nowadays, does so brilliantly. Perhaps that is his secret, though of course he’d prefer to play regularly!”

Lippi certainly has a wealth of striking talent at his disposal at the moment, with Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni on target.

“Our goals were scored by players who are no strangers to the net. Gilardino always finds a way through and Toni is the current Serie A Capocannoniere. I have always said that I would love to create a team with three attacking players upfront and an organised unit that can support them. We shouldn’t go overboard after this result, but we should respect a team that is improving and working hard.”

Italy legend Gigi Riva, who now works with the Azzurri staff, pointed out that this side had every right to be among the favourites for the World Cup in Germany.

“Tonight we saw a team with great character, as Holland tried to put us under pressure for 90 minutes, including some very tough tackles, but Italy did not lose their head and kept focusing on the task at hand,” explained Riva.

“Andrea Pirlo was extraordinary and is becoming increasingly impressive as he matures. Toni and Gilardino find the goal so easily, yet the Italian Press is always creating this battle between Totti and Del Piero. We need to focus on the positives here. We gave an important signal to the world and all the other contenders for the trophy. Someone needs to take this performance and result into account.”
snakies2010-05-04 07:36:17 +0000 #4
anytime my friend. thanx for putting me on your respect list. its good to have members like u posting in the Juve forums like a true Juve fan.
Lance Knight2010-05-04 07:56:55 +0000 #5
i have to give it to Italy, they are really playing like they should, they have my appuluse

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