Monday, June 25, 2012

Close but no cigar

If Roy Hodgson's plan was to bore the whole of Ukraine and Poland before winning Euro 2012, he almost succeeded. How could a team that was inferior to its opposition in all 3 group matches actualy come out on tops and get to the quarters. In a wonderful tournament, trust England to be part of the first 0-0 draw. The Azzuri should have won it easily in normal time if only they had taken their chances - De Rossi and Balotelli guilty of some fairly easy finishes.

  • Balzaretti who had such a good 1st half just didnt get the ball in the rest of the match. Why do Italy play so narrow?
  • Pirlo is such a fantastic player but surely he must be knackered. There's no way he is going to be able to start the semis.
  • I was quite upset with Cassano for all his cute tricks and lack of end product but after he was subbed, the quality of the game dipped drastically. Italy need him.
  • Barzagli and Bonucci weren't really tested but from what little I've seen, they look solid. Carroll did not quite have the impact Hodgson would have wanted
Now, about England
  • I knew it all along but Euro 2012 has just shown that Ashley Young is a one trick pony. Run fast, collide against opponent and win free kick. If the opponent avoids contact, dive.
  • Terry was quite good today - surprisingly.
  • Parker is a a headless chicken - lot of effort but no talent.
  • Gerrard was quite disciplined sticking to his role and helping retain the shape of midfield
  • 4-4-2 is just so passe
  • Wellbeck's performance today has to be the laziest I've seen him
  • Rooney...err... was he even on the pitch.
Having said that, the Germans must be licking their lips in delight. 3-0 is my prediction.

Thank goodness the more deserving team won !!

Moment of the match from the Man of the Match

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