Monday, March 24, 2008

Del Piero Sets Out Challenge

Alessandro Del Piero has not given up hope on making the Italy squad for 2008 despite being ignored by coach Roberto Donadoni once again.

The Juventus star will not feature when the Azzurri face Spain in a friendly on Wednesday despite turning back the clock to help tear the Inter defence apart in the 2-1 win on Saturday evening.

The 33-year-old said: "The coach has made his decision but I still hope to be at Euro 2012."

On his present form the striker should be confident of making the trip to Austria and Switzerland as he tied Nerazzurri defender Marco Materazzi in knots as well as setting up David Trezeguet for the second goal.

The captain also equalled legendary Juve defender Gaetano Scirea's club record of 552 official games in a Bianconeri shirt and he added: "I would have loved to have scored myself but I wasted a great chance in a move with Trezeguet.

"We have to keep aiming to improve and keep setting our sights high."

The Turin side's win further cemented their third place and a step closer to Champions League qualification in their first season back in the top flight.

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