So here we are, as Italy travel to Berne for the first game of the tournament. FORZA ITALIA.
My team for this match would be this:
Buffon; Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Grosso; Gattuso, Pirlo, De Rossi; Camoranesi, Toni, Di Natale
I am actually not too nervous at this point, I actually dont expect much, we are coming to this tournament with many of our top players not in very good form, so it would be something special to win this. However, lets hope for a good start. A draw is not bad, a win is terrific.
Donadoni's immense options in midfield for me will be a problem more than a luxury. I rate De Rossi big time but I dont think he can do what he does well on the left and right of our midfield. If we used Roma's formation he and Andrea would be a match made in heaven. I'd start the boy Aquilani and one of Gattuso or Ambrosini, for Andrea's sake more than anything.
I don't understand why we finally have these young dynamic players for Italia and roll out this side. It's one thing if you don't have the options. But there are 5 players on the field right now that should never have started. I don't need to "name" names.
“I am happy that Roberto Donadoni called up three of our Italian midfielders and I think that shows that our midfield is perfectly in order,” Ancelotti stated. “But Daniele De Rossi has to play because he is someone you just can’t leave out. Sadly that means that one of my lads will have to miss out.”