Monday June 11 2012
Mourinho praises stopper De Rossi

Jose Mourinho has praised the defensive performance of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi during Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.

The capital star was used yesterday as a central defender in a three-man defence and impressed onlookers with his display.

“De Rossi was great,” the Real Madrid tactician noted. “He was definitely one of the best Italians in that game.

“I think that the Azzurri could go far in this competition.”

While the former Inter boss was complimentary about the Azzurri, he was critical of the Spanish game plan.

“Spain’s error was giving Andrea Pirlo too much space because he is a player who always creates problems for the opposition,” Mourinho continued.

“Spain also decided to start without a striker and their offensive play up there was sterile as a result.

“The combinations between Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas are useless if you don’t put Gigi Buffon in any kind of trouble.”

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