Thursday June 28 2012
Voller: 'Isolate Pirlo'

Ex-Roma Coach Rudi Voller gives Germany advice on how to beat Italy tonight. “They have to isolate Andrea Pirlo.”

The Euro 2012 semi-final kicks off at 19.45 UK time in Warsaw with the winner going through to face Spain.

“Cesare Prandelli gives Pirlo all the freedom he needs and he makes perfect use of it,” current Bayer Leverkusen director of sport Voller told German newspaper Kicker.

“He plays in front of the defence as a deep-lying playmaker, but can also work closer to the strikers. Pirlo has proved he is an added value for Italy in any midfield position he takes.

“It would be a good idea for Germany to isolate Pirlo. In the game against England it seemed like he made 500 passes rather than 150, plus that fantastic penalty.

“Italy are not a side who practice the typical catenaccio. Prandelli plays with two strikers because he doesn’t want to leave one of them on the bench, where he already has a great hitman like Antonio Di Natale ready to step in.”

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