Originally Posted by soul_survivor
I'd hardly call the italian performance bad, they just got beat by a team with a class A player in Pirlo, the moment that player was shut out the game by man marking from the Ricans, that was it, Italy reverted back to what they are, a class B team, just like England.
Pretty poor show that 2 times now in major competitions pirlo has been the stand out and difference between Italy and England.. yet the ricans sorted him good and proper..
What was Roy and the management with far more resources playing at?
I do think he is a little unlucky that this defence is the worse in decades.. both uruguay goals and the ballotelli goal were gifts..
But if that's the case.. give them more protection