I saw someone make a comment about Toni being a poor man's Peter Crouch. After he scored almost 40 goals in a season for Bayern Munich compared to Crouch's bench filled season I would say that has to be one of the worst comments in Skysports history. The Oranje were brilliant though,even without Robben who will surely enhance their play tomorrow.
Posted 03:43 13th June 2008
Elmer Craven (Stenhousemuir fan) says...
The Netherlands looked, along with Portugal and Germany, the best team so far. The only downside is they showed defensive weaknesses that may be their undoing against the likes of Portugal or Germany. Italy were poor upfront. Luca Toni is a poor man's Peter Crouch. It's a reflection of the poverty of the Italian game that they cannot field a technically better forward. Zambrotta was their most dangerous player going forward (a full back), also Del Piero but it seems he cannot last a full game. I would love to see Holland win this tournament. I hope they get better! Or at least maintain this form. They will have a great spirit in the camp now.
Posted 10:42 11th June 2008
Johan C. (Chelsea fan) says...
Italy may be slow starters but they went out in the Group stages last European Championship as well. Italy desperately needs some young blood in the team. Classic mistake of sticking with the old guard because they are winning while ignoring the fact that to remain high quality youth needs to be brought in as well. Italy's only hope is to start playing keen young players.
Posted 13:50 10th June 2008
Luigi Viganego (Manchester United fan) says...
Italy never start World or European tournaments well...they get better as they go along. In 1982, when we won the World Cup for the Third time and again in 2006 when we won it for the Fourth time, I thought we would not go past the first round, let alone winning it. In Euro 2000 we were "robbed" of victory by France on a Golden Goal rule after Del Piero literally missed 2 open goals in front of Barthez during normal time! Having said all that, I think Holland were deserving winners on the night, (it took them 30 years to do it, but they have done in style!), but the World Champions are the World Champions because they have enormous quality and are resilient; I think that the "old boys" brigade will have some surprises in store!