Thursday, August 24, 2017

Balotelli no burden for Italy, insists Pirlo

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Serie A 14 Jun 2012

4 Views

Andrea Pirlo has dismissed suggestions that Mario Balotelli is a burden on his Italy team-mates.

Balotelli came in for some criticism for his performance against Spain in their Euro 2012 clash on Sunday in which he was guilty of wasting a clear-cut chance on goal after robbing Gerard Pique of possession, with his replacement Antonio Di Natale subsequently firing Italy into the lead.

There have been calls for the Manchester City forward to be dropped for Thursday’s crucial clash with Croatia in Poznan, but Pirlo is confident that the 21-year-old striker will prove his worth to the Azzurri before the tournament is out.

“From my point of view, Balotelli is not at all a weight upon the team,” the Juventus playmaker said on Wednesday.

“He is a player that can be, and I believe will be, important for us.”

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has already underlined his importance to Cesare Prandelli’s panel by filling in at centre-back against the Spanish and turning in a commanding display as Italy claimed a deserved 1-1 draw.

“I consider him of added value to our team because he can also play at the back,” Pirlo said.

“He can start moves for us because he has different characteristics to a normal defender.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
wpDiscuz
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

  • Football_888sport betting
Become a Writer
More More
Top