Sunday, June 20, 2010
Lippi Blasts Misfiring Italy Strikers Prior to New Zealand Match
Among other incendiary
statements made by Marcello Lippi to his team prior to the New Zealand
game on Sunday " Lippi said sarcastically, 'Put this round thing
in the big white thing behind me' . He implored his Strickers to be more
Lippi Blasts Misfiring Italy Strikers
ESPN ; By Soccernet staff ; June 19, 2010
Italy coach Marcello Lippi is preparing
to switch to a 4-4-2 formation in search of goals after launching a training
ground tirade on his impotent strikers.
As the team continues preparations
for their Group F clash with spritely New Zealand on Sunday, reports claim
an exasperated Lippi stopped a training drill, slammed down a ball and
shouted at his forwards.
The reigning world champions have struggled to score in recent matches and Vincenzo Iaquinta looks set for the chopping block after failing to impress in a playmaking role in Lippi's 4-2-3-1 shape in the 1-1 draw against Paraguay.
Without the injured Andrea Pirlo setting up attacks with his accurate passing from deeper in midfield until the final group match against Slovakia, Lippi is set to double his strikeforce in search of goals against New Zealand by introducing Antonio Di Natale alongside Alberto Gilardino up front.
Midfielder Daniele de Rossi, who found the net against Paraguay, said the Jabulani ball had made execution in the final third more difficult but he added that it would not matter whether the strikers fired if Italy won the World Cup anyway, as they did four years ago.
De Rossi said: "We have forwards who have scored a lot of goals but let's not forget that we won the last World Cup without a (1982 Golden Boot) Paolo Rossi and nobody complained."