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Capello: Del Piero is back
Saturday 19 March, 2005
Alessandro Del Piero was refreshingly honest in his post-match comments and Fabio Capello claimed he was back to his best at last.

“To say our first half was below par would be an understatement,” said the captain after his lone strike beat Reggina. “It was understandable considering the tour de force we’ve been through between Europe and Serie A of late, but we changed our approach in the second half. We realised the opening performance was poor and that we had another 45 minutes to change that.”

There are reports that Del Piero will be dropped from the Italy squad set to face Scotland next week, though this performance might have done enough to convince Marcello Lippi otherwise.

“I have to think about doing well for Juventus, then anything else comes as a result of that. Of course, if I don’t receive the Azzurri call then it’ll be a problem, but I’ll live.”

Fabio Capello was also full of praise for the captain, who earned himself a Man of the Match award for his performance in Turin.

“Del Piero is improving with every game and after the goal we saw the kind of player that earned praise from the world over in his glory days,” said the Coach who has often substituted the star this season.

The statistics certainly back his supporters, as Del Piero is officially the most decisive player in Serie A, as his goals have proven crucial in earning eight wins for the Bianconeri.

“Let us say that we allowed Reggina to play in the first half as we weren’t putting any pressure on them. Gigi Buffon was fantastic in goal to make sure we didn’t pay for those errors. I think that when you are between big games, these so called little ones are the more dangerous.”

The Bianconeri were expected to run riot over Reggina after beating Roma and Real Madrid over the last week, but it proved to be quite a struggle.

“It was another Juventus after the break. This is why football should introduce a time-out! Reggina were playing with one forward and the other ten behind the ball, so I thought we needed two heavy hitters upfront plus Del Piero in support to help break them down. Hitting the crossbar certainly shook the team up and showed them what they could achieve if they tried a little bit harder.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has again shown that his finishing leaves something to be desired, but his inspired back-heel set up Del Piero for the winning goal.

“Ibrahimovic has these moments of sheer genius and he knew exactly what he wanted to do at that moment in time.”

Capello refused to comment on the Champions’ League quarter-final, as Juventus have been drawn against Liverpool.

“Before facing Liverpool we’ll have to take on Fiorentina, so we won’t rush into discussing tactics for them,” insisted the Coach.

Reggina boss Walter Mazzarri was angry at his fifth defeat in six games.

"After the 90 minutes we deserved a draw at the very least and I believe that Reggina were having the better of the play when the goal was scored," he insisted.

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Del Piero is our best scorer this season in serie A and in all competions, As the article states he has proved vital in 8 seria A wins this season, and he scored our 2 winners in CL. All that and he hasn't been exactly playing in all our matches this season, and when he played he was usually substituted by Capello

Is he coming atleast close to the real DP?
 

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He did quite well recently. He seemd to find his magic back yesterday.
Still don't know how long he will consistently perform like this,
especially against top teams.
Let's see how well he will do against MILAN away.
I have a feeling he will flop again. :D
 

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And I have to add Del Piero scored a goal every 132 minutes and is number 10 in this category with only Montella, Schevchenko and Vucinic better among regular starters
 

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Please also provide the number of those goals that were penalties.
 

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Ridiculous...

3 Sampdoria 3-0 - the first goal (a PK)
7 Siena 3-0 - 2 goals
8 Roma 2-0 - the first goal
12 Lecce 1-0 - 1 goal
18 Livorno 4-2 - first goal
21 Atalanta 2-1 - 1 PK
24 Siena 3-0 - 2 goals (1 PK)
27 Roma 2-1 - 1 PK
29 Reggina 1-0 - 1 goal

Is this the score of the most decisive player of serie A? He did not score to Milan, but not even to Udinese or Palermo, while he could just take a PK vs Sampdoria. he did not play against Inter.
So: no goals to the best 5 teams apart one PK.
On the contrary, 4 goals to Siena!
According to Gazzetta dello Sport ratings he is the third worst player of Juventus during this season with 5.93 game with Reggina excluded. Just Tacchinardi and Trezeguet have a worse average rating. He got 7.5 in both games against Siena while he got for example 5.5 in the game vs Sampdoria even if he scored thanks to the penalty (infact i remember that he hardly touched one ball apart taking the PK), so he was not that decisive!
The hype about Del Piero is a shame...
 

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It's funny how Del Piero always get picked for the NT when he's playing crap and in the two months that he actually starts to get decent he's ignored. :D
 

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A Juve fan opening a DP bashing thread inadvertently. :D Rock on!
 

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i think the stats do him favours. sure he is scoring more goals and being on the field less than he has been over his career, it obviously makes his stats look good.

but he hasnt played anywhere near his best football this season. when in form, del piero creates and torments teams constantly, this season he has done that on very few occasions and has managed to score important goals.

sometimes stats can be deceiving..i think this is one of those cases.
 

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Hmm.... Somehow he didn't get a call-up for Italia. Is there something between him and Lippi?
He hasn't been in excellent form to warrant a call up yet where the others have been.He's scored against reggina and Siena and what he's back all of a sudden please give us a break.
 

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It smells Pallone d'Oro for Pinturicchio!!!:stuckup:

Cheers.;)

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Laugh all you want Payman...laugh all you want...Just like Del Piero got his sworn revenge over Hierro, and dug him a tomb on the left side of Delle Alpi...he will do likewise to grandaddy Billy except this one will be in his own backyard.

Enjoy it while it lasts.
 

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and the funny part is that DP is only 4 goals away from the best striker in the world aka sheva,, and dont tell me injuries bla bla bla cuz DP had more injures then sheva.

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