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Italia vs Scotland (WC Qualifier)

soccerates2010-05-04 12:12:57 +0000 #1
The Call Ups:

Portieri: De Sanctis (Udinese), Peruzzi (Lazio);

Difensori: Barzagli (Palermo), Cannavaro (Juventus), Grosso (Palermo), Materazzi (Inter), Nesta (Milan), Zaccardo (Palermo), Zambrotta (Juventus);

Centrocampisti: Baron (Palermo), Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Esposito (Cagliari), Gattuso (Milan), Mesto (Reggina), Pirlo (Milan);

Attaccanti: Totti (Rome), Del Piero (Juventus), Gilardino (Milan), Iaquinta (Udinese), Toni (Fiorentina), Vieri (Milan).

Comments:

I know we're looking for a replacement on the right back, but I still think Chiellini (LB) should be called up, at least to see some possible second half action if we are winning by a decent margin. I've seen limited action from Barzagli, but Zaccardo was the one who tripped over his own two feet vs Ireland giving them their only goal. Other than that he was quite good, let's just hope it was nerves that got to him in one of his debute games.

Barone, Esposito and De Rossi are a big

up for me.

Cassano has been left out again, possibly due to contract dispute with Roma. Lippi likely feels that his head might not be in the game as they await decisions to move him. Ironically there are more Del Piero rumors, now saying he will be sent to Manchester City : www.goal.com/NewsDet...dNews=82765&idSez=16

... if that ever happens I'll happily eat my words here, but thankfully they are goal.com rumors which are all speculative nonsense, until of course the actual transfer has happened.

I'm looking forward to Totti behind Gilardino and Vieri. Last time Italy handled the Scots quite easily with a Totti, Gilardino, Cassano combination that ran circles around their defenders. With Vieri/Toni up front the Italians add a needed aerial assault that was missing in that game as the Scots packed their box with defenders and midfielders for most of it. I think the added aerial component will make more room for Gilardino as the defenders will have to contend with Vieri/Toni.

It should be interesting.


toronto_soccer2010-05-04 12:21:36 +0000 #2
i hope vieri doesn't mess up. the guy just makes me nervous.
wop822010-05-04 12:27:03 +0000 #3
Chiellini is out, he can't play now.

It's quite sure that Zaccardo will play RB with Nesta, Cannavaro and Zambrotta.

I don't know why there aren't Bonera and Oddo....anyway I trust in Lippi.

Barzagli is a central defender ex U21.

In any case Italy must win!
soccerates2010-05-04 13:16:32 +0000 #4
I will be posting my post game thought later on that evening.

We need to win these next two to guarantee qualifications.

Avanti!!
Maya2010-05-04 13:38:35 +0000 #5
i have feelings that Italy is going to win today.
soccerates2010-05-04 14:07:06 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by Maya

i have feelings that Italy is going to win today.

As I told you before Maya...you have good feelings
nimesh07752010-05-04 13:15:39 +0000 #7
Italy best XI (1993-2005)

GK

Buffon, G

DF

Cannavaro, F

Nesta, A

Maldini, P

MD

Panucci, C

Donadoni, R

Albertini, D

Zambrotta, G

ATT.MID

Totti, F

Del Piero, A

ATT

Vieri, C
soccerates2010-05-04 13:48:04 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by nimesh0775

Italy best XI (1993-2005)

GK

Buffon, G

DF

Cannavaro, F

Nesta, A

Maldini, P

MD

Panucci, C

Donadoni, R

Albertini, D

Zambrotta, G

ATT.MID

Totti, F

Del Piero, A

ATT

Vieri, C

If it's from 93 on, you MUST add Baresi, Baggio, Benarrivo

b3

Minus Pannuci.

Baresi had organizational skills that have not been close to being touched since his time. Baggio was a genius with the ball. Too bad there aren't many old enough (at that time) on these forums to remember. He was equally, if not, greater skilled than Zidane but just did not win enough unfortunately and had a bad spell from the media post 1994. Any Greatest XI without him is incomplete.

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