World Cup update - 08/07/2006
This Italian side has, as you would expect, a rock-solid back four. And, I think, they have the best keeper in the world in Gianluigi Buffon.
There's a nice balance with Gattuso and Pirlo in front of the defence. And they use the attacking qualities of the full-backs, Grosso and Zambrotta to great effect.
Their aim is to get it to Zidane and Ribery and let those two do their bits of magic and feed Henry, who can lead any counter-attacks.
When Zinedine Zidane picks up the ball and drifts inside,
Claude Makelele will sit in front of
Pirlo is dangerous from deep, but Patrick Vieira must close him down. If Makelele goes forward, he will leave space for Totti.
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