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Bearzot: Italy can win WC

snakies2010-05-04 08:10:36 +0000 #1
Italy last won the World Cup in 1982 with Enzo Bearzot at the helm and he trusts the current side - and Francesco Totti - to do the business next summer.

“This seems like a good squad to me and raises its game at the right time,” said the 78-year-old. “Of course, now that the Soviet Union has fractured, there are smaller sides in the qualifying stages and it’s a big leap from these groups to the Finals.”

Bearzot’s Italy side also qualified for the World Cup a round early when it went on to win the trophy, while he was criticised by the Press.

“My advice to Marcello Lippi is to make his own decisions and not listen outside advice, because that’s how you earn the respect of your players. I certainly hope Italy can win the tournament and historically it is their duty to reach the semi-finals. I think this squad is capable of achieving that aim and possibly a little bit more.”

Paolo Rossi was the hero in Spain ’82 and some have compared Milan’s new striker Alberto Gilardino to ‘Pablito.’

“Rossi was more of a counter-attacking threat, while Gilardino is closer to Spillo Altobelli due to his power and elegance,” insisted the tactician.

“Luca Toni is an old-fashioned forward like Roberto Bettega, but my favourite is Francesco Totti. He’s a world class player who has everything: power, a great shot, vision and the ability to influence the game from behind the front two. He’s one of the best players of the last few years and with his quality could’ve found a place in my World Cup winning team. He just has to be wary of reacting to provocation.”

Totti’s Euro 2004 was cut short by a ban after he was caught on camera spitting at Denmark’s Christian Poulsen.

“Nobody, apart from Brazil, has the strength in depth of Italy’s attack force,” added Bearzot. “I also like the defence with guarantees like Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluca Zambrotta. Perhaps we lack something in the middle, as the only real alternative to Andrea Pirlo is 35-year-old Eugenio Corini. Nonetheless, in a World Cup the Palermo captain could be useful.”


soccerates2010-05-04 08:12:45 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by snakies

Italy last won the World Cup in 1982 with Enzo Bearzot at the helm and he trusts the current side - and Francesco Totti - to do the business next summer.

“This seems like a good squad to me and raises its game at the right time,” said the 78-year-old.

“My advice to Marcello Lippi is to make his own decisions and not listen outside advice, because that’s how you earn the respect of your players. I certainly hope Italy can win the tournament and historically it is their duty to reach the semi-finals. I think this squad is capable of achieving that aim and possibly a little bit more.”

This is gold-minted advice from the master tactician, and Totti can take a page out of Zambrotta's book when he walked away from being kicked (while on the ground) twice from a Slovene yesterday. After challenging for a ball that was being guarded by a big Slovenian defender, Zambrotta slid to the groud, where he received not ONE, but two kicks. He immeditely got up and ran back to his own end, on the way taking another shove from a different Slovenian defender. He didn't react once. I hope Totti saw it.

Totti's passes yesterday were sublime, precise, and very crafty. Anyone who says that Ronaldinho does that is INSANE! Ronaldinho may possess the ability to make deft passes like that, but he is more enamoured with being able to dribble and score goals from weird angles than set teammates free with quick deft one-touch balls!

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Originally Posted by Snakies

“Nobody, apart from Brazil, has the strength in depth of Italy’s attack force,” added Bearzot. I also like the defence with guarantees like Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluca Zambrotta. Perhaps we lack something in the middle, as the only real alternative to Andrea Pirlo is 35-year-old Eugenio Corini. Nonetheless, in a World Cup the Palermo captain could be useful.”
salvo 262010-05-04 08:57:33 +0000 #3
italy have a big chance this year. they could go very far if there stars play at their best level

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