Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Italy Aren't a One-Man Team, Insists the Man to Fear

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Italy Aren't a One-Man Team, Insists the Man to Fear

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MUCH of Italy's success for the past decade owes to the creativity and determination of Andrea Pirlo.

The veteran midfielder has insisted, however, the main strength of the Azzurri is their reliance on team play and not on any single individual.

"This national team is not Pirlo-dependent," the 35-yearold said. "In order to go all the way you need everyone's contribution.

"Our aim should be to win and go until the end.

"We have a very competitive team and we will give our all to win this tournament.

"I never compete to take part but to finish first."

History shows Pirlo may have been Italy's most important player in Italy's run to World Cup glory in 2006.

Pirlo was three times Italy's man of the match, including in the final against France.

In that tournament, he set up more goals than any other player in the competition. England coach Roy Hodgson, whose side will face Italy on Saturday in Manaus in their opening match at the World Cup, singled out the veteran playmaker as the Azzurri's most dangerous player. …

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