Wednesday, June 9, 2010

World Cup - Italy

Where are the goals coming from?

Buffon is one of the best keepers in the world, and the back line anchored by Giorgio Chiellini, Fabio Cannavaro, and Gianluca Zambrotta will certainly keep them in any game. But where are the goals coming from?

Daniele de Rossi is a box to box midfielder capable of hard tackles as well as aggressive attacks. But he is not going to score goals. Andrea Pirlo looks like he will feature at some point, and maybe he will score from a free kick at some point, but that could be too late. I just don't see any goals.

It is a pretty easy group, and Italy will probably go through with a couple 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw. But I just can't see them doing any damage in the knockout stages. At some point you have to score some goals. They will face the second place team from Holland's group in the round of 16, and it is probable a 1-0 win will get Italy past the likes of Japan, Denmark, or Cameroon.

But that will be it for Italy, because in the quarterfinals they will be facing someone from the Spain, Brazil, Portugal trio. And they will not be able to keep those teams from scoring.


Joey said...

I thought defense wins cups?

Dennis said...

To a degree, but you need a talisman up front to give you just enough offense.