Oh how we’ll miss Gennaro Gattuso.
The biggest wildcard in these Euros? Has to be the Italians, no?
They come in having lost their two friendlies this year, to the States (1-0) and Russia (just last week, 3-0) respectively. The Blues have two attackers that could be described as “combustible,” but more appropriately. Mario Balotelli needs no introduction and neither does Cassano–a TSG fave and 360-degree player.
The midfield see DeRossi of course and surprisingly Pirlo who will be Italy what Beckham is to England. Wait, scratch that.
The defensive spine is all Juventus with Buffon backing Bonucci and Chiellini–who can’t decide just how good he wants to be, but despite Juventus decorated with the Scudetto this year this year at the international level the backline is decidedly ho-hum….meaning coach Cesare Prandelli may actually look to push up the field and show more attacking verve.
What’s go on here? For more on Italy, their opponent Spain, Ireland and the Table Clothes, here’s your preview.
Group C goes live today!