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You gotta think with Cannavaro back in shape he will find his game again. But alot of the other guys are getting old.

Stick Chiellini, Grosso, and hopefully Santacroce (he's supposed to be the next Nesta) can get some experience and play with the the guys. That doesn't look like a bad defense at all.

What does everyone think of Santacroce? Who else are some of the younger guys that might make an impact on the back line?
 

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Well Gamberini must be mentioned as a good name for our defence. Then we have some solid defenders for the qualification even if nothing spectacular. I dont think Barzagli is as bad as he is playing now... his confidence is shot to pieces, but even he can still be a good defender, I think he needs a rest from the NT though and let him concentrate on his football in Germany.
 

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Azzurri, have a solid albeit unspectecular defence even at the Euros the defence wasn't a problem. Lippi has to bring in the young guys in attack and midfield. There are a lot of options but the question remains if they'll be ready in 2010.
 

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as i said in the other thread i jus bumped up

I think for you guys Santacroce Chiellini Ferrari. He has always been a good defender. And that dude who was next to Ferrari today also looked abit special. The youngster. I think he belongs to Juve....not sure but he was gold today also

Canna Ferrari Santacroce Chiellini. Canna Chiellini starters. Or maybe Canna Santacroce with Chiellini playing at left back but i dunno if his offense matches that of Grosso or Zambrotta at left back.

But i see the defensive lapsing for you guys

But i think yr still better off than most when all is seriously considered. Esp. if Ferrari keeps playing and gets playing time
 

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And Tazz you forgot one of the most consistent of all... Gamberini :star:
 

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Gamberini is consistent but i cant say he is Nesta class. Chiellini may reach that level as could Santacroce. Ferrarri has always been an excellent defender if you ask me :D:D:D

But i digress.

Gamberini is decent but i cant say he is uber class like i think Chiellini Ferrarri and Santacroce are

And Youtube is full of video's of Santacroce Barlie Boy

Type in his name and he will be found
 

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Gamberini last season was possibly one of the best D in the league. Right now he has much more right than Ferrari to be in the NT.
 

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Haha, you are either clueless of how to judge defenders (you keep praising Ferrari, but calling Mexes shit, haha), or just clueless in general Tazzy :D Neither of Santacroce or Ferrari has anything on Gamberini, who with his performance last season showed he is one of the better players in the league, so is deservedly called up.

Thats that and obvious for any Serie A vieiwer, when the hell did Mr fumble ball Ferrari become uber class? :howler:
 

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IMO our best 2 CB are Chiellini and Gamberini. Cannavaro is not the same player and Santacroce is not at their level yet and I dont get why you keep calling him the next Nesta considering they are nothing alike. He is more similar in style to Cannavaro

Anyways, I think we are alright at CB for the moment and for the future with Gamberini, Chiellini and Santacroce (I think Cannavaro along with these 3 should be called up for the next qualifiers as long as they are all fit) And hopefully Criscito develops into as good a CB as I think he can be. And then there are guys like Bovo, Legrottaglie and Bonera who if we have too many injuries can fill in and do a good enough job, hopefully :)
 

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hahaah u know how it is Oz. Lets just disagree

But everyone knows i am a Ferrari fan boy so there's no point there

But on Santacroce you must admit he izza much better footballer than Gamberini. But no one is saying Gamberini is not solid. But both Santacroce and Ferrari are better footballers. Thats what i was getting at :D:D

Uber class.....footballers.

And on Mexes vs. Ferrari. Ask Roma fans Oz. Most will tell you they prefer Ferrari or they prefered Ferrari. Many actually blame the 7-0 on Mexes and Chivu. But whatever...we disagree. BUT!!!!! Mexes is pure unadulterated faeces. :D:D

everytime he plays a big game some kinda slip up is guaranteed. Did you even watch France get raped the other day? His mistake in the super cup for Balotelli's goal. Man so so.........SOOOOOO many mistakes.
 

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I think Mexes is overrated and a **** up too often, but he is CLEARLY better then Ferrari. There isnt even a debate, and Ferrari has some nice qualities, but you and me and everyone knows he hasnt been using them hardly since forever, and been more busy with his brain farts.

And Santacroce is really talented, but slow the **** down. He has barely even played more then half a season so far. Gamberini has been stellar for a full season, and shouldnt be displaced just based on hype for Santacroce.
 

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where did i say he should b displaced? huh? huh?
LOL

I just said Santacroce is the better all round footballer. But Gamberini is solid if unspectacular. No doubt.

Stop the stalking Ozzy LOL go practice yr french accent :howler:
 

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And on Mexes vs. Ferrari. Ask Roma fans Oz. Most will tell you they prefer Ferrari or they prefered Ferrari.
Not true at all. I don't think I've seen a single Roma fan here on XT or on the Roma board I visit who thinks Ferrari is better. Maybe there are a few, but they certainly a minority.
 

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well i have talked to a few thats why i said so

again :D:D its never very likely as i am..TAZZ :howler:

But i could b wrong.....i know i know....but it is possible :D
 

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Santacroce could very well become the best defender in the world--only if he tightens up mentally. Right now he gambles a bit too much, relaying on his phenomenal athleticism to make up for any short comings. Once he cuts down the fouls and positions himself better he will become world class.

Criscito still needs to add more muscle and become a more powerful players. Right now he plays a bit too hesitantly, realted to his lack of power. Once he has the physical tools--they better come soon--it will be a question of whether he will develop the confidence required to have a killer instinct. Despite these short comings he is absolutely beautiful on the ball.

By the way, what happened to Masiello of Juventus? I remember he was really good on the ball as well.
 

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Masiello is where he belongs, in Serie B with Bari.
 

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I cant see Masiello being in Serie B much longer. Especially from his days as a youth he was class. Anyway the defence of Italy doesnt seem so bad anymore. Indeed with Santacroce, Bonera, Gamberini, Chiellini and Legrottaglie next to Cannavaro we have starters of the biggest teams in Serie A currently.
 

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Anyway the defence of Italy doesnt seem so bad anymore. Indeed with Santacroce, Bonera, Gamberini, Chiellini and Legrottaglie next to Cannavaro we have starters of the biggest teams in Serie A currently.
Stop mentioning Bonera! The defence does seem bad when he is mentioned. He is doing fine but he is not a good central defender or right back.
 

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Nah hes not good, despite the fact he has clearly being very good for Milan while they have several defenders absent and consider that he is having to hold up the defence with Favalli there too :pp Bonera is just one of those very under-rated players because of some mistakes he made in his career. The guy has been good for Milan everytime I see him play and has basically been getting better year on year.
 
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