Lippi has a strange team of players for this 2010 World Cup, while he’s decided to stick with some of the old guard, we’ve also seen him pick a couple of youngsters. But one thing is constant throughout Lippi’s selections, Marcello Lippi’s omnipresent affection towards picking and relying on Juventus players. This has led to him putting a lot of faith in Marchisio, who hasn’t performed up to the standard, so is the young Juventus midfielder just not good enough?
I’ve never been able to figure out what Marchisio’s best position is, while sometimes he’d shine on the left of midfield for Juventus, he’d also get lonely out there and loose his position. Other games he’d play behind the two strikers and be able to create assists and goal-scoring chances, yet he’d also disappear for long periods of the game hidden underneath a physical back four. So why does Lippi try and put faith in a player who hasn’t shown what his true position is, and has never been consistent, at club or international level?
Many will remember sublime chip that Marchisio scored against Inter Milan to give Juventus an epic 2-1 win this past season, a true piece of skill which showcased that he had plenty of talent. But scoring just 3 goals the past season isn’t a record that normally gets you into the Italian national team. So while Lippi may be putting faith in him after seeing the skill, maybe Marcello should just look at the hard facts.
Probably one of the most interesting things about Marchisio is that recently he has come out with comments against Lippi who has given him a lot of faith. Here are his recent comments about Lippi and Italy’s performances.
“At the World Cup many of our players are not in their usual positions because the Coach is performing many experiments changing so much has also prompted us to make mistakes and is creating confusion among us”
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