Donadoni: No Del Piero rift
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roberto Donadoni insists his reasons for omitting Alessandro Del Piero were tactical.
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni insists his reasons for omitting Alessandro Del Piero were purely tactical.
The Juventus captain's absence even from the substitutes' bench to face Georgia on Wednesday prompted much speculation in the Italian media, but Donadoni has moved to assuage suggestions of a rift with the star.
Donadoni claims the veteran will still have a significant part to play in upcoming internationals.
"It was for tactical reasons and for the bench I chose players who will complement one another in terms of the options they could offer me," said Donadoni, whose side won 3-1 in Tbilisi.
"I have a lot of respect for Alex. He's a model professional and I can imagine he felt badly but he will have other opportunities in the future - we will depend on him."