After the not really convincing test against New Zealand
(won by Italy 4-3), now it's time for Italy's first Confederations Cup game
, monday at 7:30 p.m. against the USA
. In the game against the "All Whites" (in contrast to the "All Blacks", New Zealand's famous rugby national team), the azzurri didnt play a brilliant game, but in the end they won, having to equalize three times and with two goals by Gilardino and Iaquinta
. Of course in this match Lippi
tested a lot of young players, and maybe also the altitude of Pretoria was hard for the italian players. However, on monday they will play a different game, against the USA this time.
Marcello Lippi has said that the first game will indicate the direction for the rest of the tournament, if Italy manages to beat the USA everything will be more easy, if they lose they are in a very uncomfortable situation right from the beginning. As far as the game againstBrazil
is concerned, Lippi thinks that Italy is not yet ready to beat the southamericans who are , for him, the "strongest team in the world".
Anyway Italy should be able to beat the USA who have a team with a lot of players from european teams (like Carlos Bocanegra
from Rennes, Maurice Edu
of the Glasgow Rangers or Michael Bradley
of Borussia Moenchengladbach) but without any real star.
For sure Italy will be another team like the one in the game against the "Kiwis" and I think they will beat the United States - my tip is 2, victory for Italy
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