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12 Agustus 2008

Donadoni: My Euro 2008 Squad Selection Was Right

Donadoni was heavily criticised for Italy’s failures at the European Championship’s in June. His tactical choices and team selection came under heavy fire from those taking aim.  

However, the coach has hit back at the sceptics and he explains his decision to call Cassano, who many believed would ruin Italy’s chances but instead, he was one of the best players. 

“He (Cassano) showed what he’s about, he’s a great professional in everyway,” Donadoni told Il Secolo XIX.  

“This was gratifying for me but also for him. If he keeps up that level of professionalism then he will benefit enormously.  

“All the critics were ready to take aim and many said not to take Cassano. When I took him, the same people said he would give the team trouble.  

“Some people say something one day and then they say something else another day. Maybe these people forget what they say.  

“I don’t want any praise for Cassano in this sense. Every player was chosen for the Euro’s because they deserved it.”  

Donadoni terminated his contract because he failed to reach the semi-final of the tournament.  

It is believed a clause in his deal allowed him to leave as a result of not reaching the latter stages of Euro 2008.  

Salvatore Landolina