Straight from the dark heart of Italy
Good on Roberto Donadoni for sticking to his guns and refusing to recall either Alessandro Del Piero or Antonio Cassano to his Italy squad for the midweek friendly with Portugal.
Del Piero’s desperate lobbying through the sporting press and the Juventus club television channel was reminiscent of David Beckham’s pleas to another AC Milan alumna, Fabio Capello, to furnish him with a 100th cap for England.
The spin even extended to claims that at a 33, the little maestro had learnt how to cover back to the halfway line at least, and had added an extra spring in those aging limbs with 7am work-outs in the gym.
This and some hearty cheerleading from club coach Claudio Ranieri had little impact on the pragmatic Donadoni who you just felt was still smarting from being forced into a corner last October when issued an ultimatum by Del Piero to play him as an out-and-out attacker or not at all.
A couple of good displays against the likes of Palermo and Livorno were never going to cut it and really old Ale should really retire from the international scene with a modicum of grace still intact before the summer bash in Switzerland and Austria.
Cassano, for his part, cannot be allowed out in adult company and the Bari Bawler’s interminable attention-seeking antics would necessitate the employment of a full-time nanny if he were to make the trip across the Alps.
Donadoni has already achieved the aim of making sure the World Cup holders will be present at the European Championships and having built a club spirit within the set-up he has no wish to see any chance of an Azzurri double hijacked by two loose cannons.
ok..riccardo rossi, read this and read it good. i dont know who you are, i dont know if u have any qualification to judge the way u do or to assess and analyse football with a descent and proper perspective. ur comments on cassano are aight, i give u that. but lets get to ludicrous comments u made bout delpiero, shall we? first of all, how dare u compare his situation to beckhams, delboy is playing, week in week out, in one of the best leagues in the world and not in some random league (MLS) or just keeping fit by training with the reserve of the french squad...eh sorry...i meant arsenal of course (that is a different topic, innit).
donadoni shoudnt be smartin over delpieros comments, to play him up front instead of a left winger. he should acknowledge it, coz there is no point critizising delpiero for playing *** when he plays outta position. ask buffon to play as forward, well see how good he plays then!
plus, dont tell me that dinatale, quagliarella or palladino are betta than delpiero, if u do that, u really have no clue what ure talkin about.
also, delpiero didnt only play well against livorno and palermo. he played well during most of the season and he doesnt stop scoring. people have been sayin hes finished since 1999...but he keeps on scoring like there is no tomorrow and hes still 5th in the champions league all timescorer history (despite not playin there for 2 years now).
i tell u what, instead of u givin shitty advices and give u one myself: why dont u retire...from ur job!?
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