STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Shuffling defence cost Italy the title

It’s all over. Spain 4, Italy 0 in the final. Spain 3, Germany 3 in European Cup history. Fernando Torres, winner of the Golden Boot award, also made individual history by becoming the first player to score in two European Cup finals.

Published: 03rd July 2012 10:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd July 2012 10:20 AM   |  A+A-

SpainCelebration_AP

It’s all over. Sp­ain 4, Italy 0 in the final. Spain 3, Germany 3 in European Cup history. Fernando Torres, winner of the Golden Boot aw­ard, also made individual history by becoming the first pl­ayer to score in two European Cup finals.

Torres’s winners in Vienna in 2008 against hosts Germ­­any had given Spain their first-ever major success in 44 years. In 2012, Torres scored one an­d set up another for Juan Mata to win the award.

Torres finished tied with fi­­ve other players on three goals for the tournament. Germany’s Mario Gomez and Torres ha­­d one assist apiece. The Sp­­ain striker was given the award for he played only a total of 189 minutes at the finals compared to Gomez, who was on for 282 minutes.

But all this might not have happened, in hindsight, had the Italian coach Cesare Prandelli not tinkered with his defensive line-up. All through the tournament leading to th­­­e­­­ir wonderful run-up to the fi­­­nal, Prandelli had Andrea Ba­­rzagli on the right wing and Ig­­nazio Abate on the left while the tou­gh nuts Giorgio Chielli­­ni and Leonardo Bonucci fun­­c­­t­­ioned in the central.

The two w­­ere towers of stre­ngth and go­­alkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ha­­d little to worry. On the rare oc­­casions, they were be­aten, Buffon covered up to frustrate all opposition.

But in the final, Prandelli had Chiellini functioning as the left wing back. He does not have the speed and the agility needed for that position.

He is also extremely good in the air and makes for a perfect stopper. Forced to do a lot of running to cover up vacant are­as or chase the now-here, gone-there Spanish midfielde­rs, the burly Chiellini was fou­nd wanting.

The speed, the constant covering up in midfield, the tenacity in defence and the quick counters they forced were ne­­v­­er in evidence in the final.

Ma­­­rio Balotelli only dropped at the slightest touch as Italy hit the ground with him and La Furia Roja rose in delight. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp