Zamora spots flaws in 'ageing' Cannavaro
Thursday 18 March 2010
Bobby Zamora is looking forward to renewing his confrontation with World Cup-winner Fabio Cannavaro tonight at Craven Cottage as Roy Hodgson's side look to overturn a 3-1 deficit to make it into the last eight of the Europa League.
Zamora was one of the few players to come away from the first leg with any credit and he is hopeful of getting the better of the 36-year-old, who has won 132 caps for his country. "I thought I did well in the first leg against him," Zamora said. "I held it up well and one thing I noticed is that he didn't like to be run down the channels. He's getting a bit older now; he wants to fight, pull and push you, so I'm sure I'll try to turn and push him the other way."
Hodgson's chances of overcoming Alberto Zaccheroni's side have been lifted by the news that Juventus will be without their first and second-choice goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon and Alex Manninger. Veteran Antonio Chimenti is likely to step in but Hodgson has to contend with selection problems of his own. Captain Danny Murphy and fellow midfielder Jonathan Greening are suspended while Andy Johnson, John Pantsil (both knee) and David Elm (illness) are all missing.
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