Materazzi: "I see Crespo in Icardi. Skriniar? Fantastic and a leader"
Speaking to Sky, Marco Materazzi admits that “the treble and the World Cup winning shirts are those that I am the fondest of. I keep them well so that they do not deteriorate. Among those of the opponents, however, I particularly like Ballack’s shirt in the 2006 World Cup semifinals.”
If you have a chance to exchange shirt after Juve-Napoli on Sunday evening, with whom would you do it with?
“With Hamsik, of course. I really admire him because he is trying to win something for Napoli and it is not easy.”
Are there any similarities between the Buffon’s red in Madrid and the famous one of Zidane in Berlin?
“Things like that can happen. I have been wrong many times. We are human beings, the most important thing is to understand that. I would love to see what I would have done if someone had done that with me like they did with Buffon. Under the shirt, there is a beating heart and blood flowing, these things happen.”
Roma are like the Inter of 2010 in Champions League?
“The Giallorossi, both against Chelsea and Barcelona, have shown desire to keep it going and I hope they can go to the final. Comparisons to the treble winning Inter? Times are different but Barca remain Barca and they scored four goals in the first leg. Hats off to them for going for the things that they want.”
Favorite in the CL race?
“I hope Inter can go through. They have made significant step. But Lazio must be given credits for what they are doing, like the game yesterday against Fiorentina. And I didn’t even remember that the last game of the season is Lazio-Inter, very bad day…”
Your thought on Icardi?
“I wish him raising a few trophies with Inter. He, for what he has done, is to be praised and followed. I see Crespo in him but again, times are changing quickly and no comparisons cannot be made. He may have scored more goals in less time than people like Vieri, Eto’o and Milito. The best still is Ronaldo even though it was stained in the final part of his career (the move to Milan etc…).
Skriniar is having a great season.
“Fantastic season, no one expected him to even be a starter. But instead, he is leading the defense. Either you have leadership in your or you will struggle to be one. He is a leader.”