As an Italy fan I'm happy they finally managed to put up a team with a coherent strategy to play well. Its no easy task to face Spain and challenge them one on one (albeit they seem tired last 25 mins and gave up on iniciative)
As a Milan fan I don't get how could we let Pirlo go, he seems to be playing as good as he did 5 years ago. That pass to Di Natale was beautiful. Also iniesta is fucking sick, on my opinion just below Messi as the worlds best player, far away from xavi, ibrahimovic or w/e. Also steps up his games for important matches (both national team and that team I hate -.-)
Pantagruel United States. June 12 2012 13:19. Posts 224
For me, Cassano was by far player of the game. He created the majority of the best chances for Italy (aside from the actual goal ) and you could see him running all match long until he got subbed. When he did get taken off, Spain took control of the match. It's amazing to me to see him play this well after all his troubles on the national team.
He had minor heart surgery recently which is really something to recover from so quickly. Furthermore, he was the team lunatic before Balotelli took that role over. Cassano has really matured lately and I keep waiting for him to revert to his old crazy self who ran away from Fabio Cappelo who chased him on the training grounds yelling at him that running was cowardly. Its sometimes really interesting to watch a troubled athlete grow throughout his career.
Another great example of this is Robin van Persie, who was an utter bastard at Feyenoord, fighting with other players and his coach all the time. Now at Arsenal, he is a great captain who really cares for his team and has taken on great responsibility. It's something I never expected to happen but its great to see when it does.