Del Piero: France are favourites
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alessandro Del Piero feels that Italy are the underdogs going into the World Cup final.
Alessandro Del Piero feels that Italy are the underdogs going into Sunday's World Cup final against France.
The Azzurri striker believes that the right two sides are contesting the final, but played down suggestions that Italy may have the edge.
Apart from possessing the rejuvenated Zinedine Zidane, Del Piero points to the fact that France have less off-the-field pressures to contend with.
"They are favourites because they have Zidane, who is number one, and also because they have less stress than us," he explained.
"It seems to me that Italy and France are the most apt sides for the final.
"There will be a lot of Juve in the final because (Lilian) Thuram, (Patrick) Vieira and David (Trezeguet) are all playing at Juve.
"With Zidane I have also been very close, so there is a lot of respect between the two sides."
Del Piero is determined not to become distracted by Juve's involvement in the Italian match-fixing scandal, but admitted that his mind did occasionally wander.
He also insisted that Fabio Capello's switch from the Stadio Delle Alpi to Real Madrid came as no surprise to him.
"It is impossible not to think about Juve's future but at the moment my priority is the final," he said.
"I'll think about other things from Monday.
"Capello at Real? I can only say one thing. I'm not surprised."