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Gattuso denies Zidane plan

08 Jul 2006 - 10:32:47

Gennaro Gattuso has revealed Italy have no plans to man-mark France playmaker Zinedine Zidane in Sunday's World Cup final.

It was widely expected that Gattuso would be given the job of nullifying Zidane, but the tenacious midfielder insisted man-to-man marking has no place in modern Italian football.

"You don't stop Zidane. You have to try and control him and if you want to limit his effect you need a bit of luck too," said the AC Milan star.

"You need to give him as little thinking time as possible. If players like him are at 100 per cent then they won't allow you to see the ball.

"Although he is one of those players who is worth the price of a ticket alone, he's 34 and playing in his last game. We have to hope that on Sunday he doesn't have much petrol left in the engine.

"We don't play in a way which includes man-to-man marking. It's something which we don't do anymore in Italy.

"I've played against Zidane before, with Milan, but I've never man-marked him.

"Obviously, if he is in my zone then it will be more my job to take care of him than Andrea Pirlo's, but it's not man-marking."


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