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Old 01-06-2014, 20:02   #2141
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Should be 5 with Montolivo and SES
fucking injuries
6 if we didn't let someone go

and I'm not talking about Darmian

or Aquilani

or Cassano
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Old 01-06-2014, 20:28   #2142
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Damn, this Italia could be very strong.
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Old 01-06-2014, 20:31   #2143
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6 if we didn't let someone go

and I'm not talking about Darmian

or Aquilani

or Cassano
I'd rather take Cassano or Aqua back then the bitch


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Old 01-06-2014, 20:36   #2144
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I'd rather take Cassano or Aqua back then the bitch
So you would choose an Merdaista over someone who helped us to 3 Champions League finals?
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Old 01-06-2014, 20:41   #2145
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Prandelli is a moron.

Dropped Rossi and selects Aquaman? wtf HE could have easily picked 7 midfielder and pick rossi, his fitness was going to improve through the tournament and knockout stages are 1 month away. Stupid douchebag


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Old 01-06-2014, 20:47   #2146
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After what happened yesterday, Rossi not being called is even a bigger blow
I am not an opimist.
Maximum of this team is quarterfinals
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Old 01-06-2014, 20:51   #2147
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Wow. Thats a really poor 24 man squad. Especially in depth.

Another injury to any starter and they will start reeling.
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Old 01-06-2014, 20:59   #2148
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Names doesnt win trophies, team does.

Prandelli knows, what he is doing...look at van gaal selection.
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Old 01-06-2014, 21:09   #2149
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Old 01-06-2014, 21:18   #2150
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fantastic call ups by prandelli
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Old 01-06-2014, 21:40   #2151
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An argument can certainly be made for Rossi over Cassano.

Other than that, I think this is pretty much the expected squad after injuries


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Old 01-06-2014, 22:00   #2152
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That awkward moment when Milan and PSG have the same number of players on the Italian national team.
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Old 01-06-2014, 22:03   #2153
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What I like about Prandelli and his selection is the versatility. Be it in defense or midfield, most of the players are pretty versatile and it will be hard to break them down. I just hope that the attack can get the job done, I would prefer to see a Balotteli-Immobile partnership up top but I think Prandelli will go with Cassano instead of Immobile from the start.
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Old 01-06-2014, 22:10   #2154
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Well i like with prandelli has done . This is a very good italy side. Have to be considered after Brazil-Spain and Germany . Rossi was not even close to being fit, he was dreadful yesterday , i mean 20 minutes of cassano and italy had 4-5 scoring chances . Anyways i think it is pretty clear that even with rossi , Balo and Cassano were going to be the starters. Really like Insigne and Verrati in the team , they are so good. They might not be starters (maybe verrati with the monto injury) but look for them to rise in the tournament. For the rest it seems good , Cerci and Candreva are so underrated , they are 2 of my favourite players . But italy should start with vs england: Buffon-Abate-Barzagli-Chiellini-MDS-De rossi-Pirlo-Verrati-Marchisio-Balotelli-Cassano and with Sirigu-Darmian-Bonucci-Paletta-Candreva-Aquilani-T.Motta-Parolo-Insigne-Cerci-Immobile as backups i wouldint say that italy hasent got depth ...


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Old 01-06-2014, 23:51   #2155
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What I like about Prandelli and his selection is the versatility. Be it in defense or midfield, most of the players are pretty versatile and it will be hard to break them down. I just hope that the attack can get the job done, I would prefer to see a Balotteli-Immobile partnership up top but I think Prandelli will go with Cassano instead of Immobile from the start.
Me too. I see Cassano as the sub to unlock games and maybe start later in the tournament in tricky matchups.

You have more faith in the defence than I though.
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Old 02-06-2014, 00:13   #2156
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Me too. I see Cassano as the sub to unlock games and maybe start later in the tournament in tricky matchups.

You have more faith in the defence than I though.
In the last Euros, Italy's defense was pretty solid, conceded only 3 goals in 5 matches before the final vs Spain.

There were 2 formations used (352 and 4312 iirc) but predominantly a 3 man defense and 2 wing backs. I believe Abate, Maggio, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini and Balzaretti were used and to a certain extent De Rossi because of Chiellini's early absence. However, if you look at the roster now and compare it to the players who played then, I see a significant improvement on the left side with De Sciglio coming in and 2 of Paletta, Barza, Bonucci and Chiellini should provide solid enough cover to the starting two.

In short, you can say that the defense is almost the same as it was 2 years ago if not better on the left side. Its also great for Prandelli's flexibility option, could have Barza-Bonnuci-Chiellini flanked by Abate/Darmian and De Sciglio and if not then take one CB out and keep a flat back 4.

Really not worried about the defense or the midfield tbh, more worried about the front 2, I would prefer to see Immobile because of his off the ball but Cassano adds enough creativity to be able to keep him out and Balo is simply Balo. Expecting Balo to really take it to the next level this summer.
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Old 02-06-2014, 00:44   #2157
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i really like this team. good blend of experience and creativity. a massive bonus is that they know pretty much their starting eleven and they have been playing together for a long time. you can't say the same about england.


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Old 02-06-2014, 00:57   #2158
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i really like this team. good blend of experience and creativity. a massive bonus is that they know pretty much their starting eleven and they have been playing together for a long time. you can't say the same about england.

England will probably do well at this World Cup, seeing as everyone is dismissing them.
Hopefully Italy get the win though.


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Old 02-06-2014, 01:29   #2159
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T Motta must one of the most underrated and undervalued players in the world atm
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Old 02-06-2014, 02:09   #2160
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I would think you start Motta and have him anchor the midfield which would give Pirlo and De Rossi more freedom


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