GUEST POST BY NEAL DOYLE
1970 PSG takes a look at the club’s Euro 2012 contingent ahead of next week’s kick-off in Poland/Ukraine with Italy’s Thiago Motta taking centre stage this time around.
Neal Doyle, a 19-year-old student and football fanatic discusses how Motta’s potential lack of playing time will be more than made up by his presence.
With Daniele De Rossi and the Juventus pair of Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio predicted to start the opening game for the Azzurri on June 10th against Spain, it seems Thiago Motta’s chances of starting the Italian’s charge for Euro 2012 glory are slim. However, the 29-year old midfielder will bring a wealth of experience , having won 11 major honours throughout his career as well as providing very good back up, having played for two of Europe’s biggest clubs in Barcelona and Internazionale to an otherwise fairly inexperienced squad (at International level at least).
Having experienced the best years of his career to date in Milan, there was a feeling he was beginning to stagnate at the Nerazzurri ever since their treble winning season under Jose Mourinho IN 2010. This could possibly explain why he only featured three times during qualifying for Cesare Prandelli’s men. Yet in one of those appearances he made a key contribution by scoring the winner in the 1-0 win in Ljubljana against Slovenia.
Having only made 10 starts by the end of January for Inter, Motta moved to the French capital to join Carlo Ancelotti at PSG. Despite having just missed out on Ligue 1, the Brazilian-born double Champion League winner has found himself going into the European Championships in better shape both physically and mentally than he possibly would have had he stayed at Inter for the rest of the season. Also the fact that he has played in a three man midfield since his transfer to PSG will allow him to slot into the Italy team with ease as Carlo Ancelotti has tended to play with a 4-3-1-2 formation (or variations of that) similar to what Cesare Prandelli is expected to go with. The combative, yet technically underrated midfielder also gives Prandelli the option of coming on to see a game out. However, this would seem to go against the way Prandelli wants to project his team.
Ultimately, Motta will most likely be a squad player in Poland/Ukraine giving the Azzurri more than adequate back up to Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi as well as providing Cesare Prandelli’s squad with plenty of experience and know how during the tournament. This will prove especially important as Italian Football is currently going through a difficult patch at the moment with the match-fixing allegations that is surrounding Calcio.
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