Thursday, June 12, 2008

Del Piero To Captain Italy ...

Nothing comes easy for the Azzurri in any major tournament, and after the nil-3 spanking at the hands of the Oranje of the Netherlands earlier this week, you had to think manager Roberto Donadoni would change up the starting 11 for Friday's matchup v. Romania. And he has certainly done so, slotting in Juventus frontman Alessandro Del Piero, who has navigated the challenging landscape of European football. Who can ever forget the 1996 Champions League final, when the Italian 'Old Lady' did what was expected of it in the era of Zidane, Vialli and Del Piero -- mainly, winning European club championships. Sometimes, you can't deny the class you have at your disposal. Once in a while, you have to admit that the Blues deserve their tag as favorite. Even if it doesn't work out that way.