Ex-Sheffield United midfielder Montgomery: Del Piero is a magician

tribalfootball.com December 29, 2012, 6:05 am

Central Coast Mariners' Nick Montgomery has heaped praise on Sydney FC star Alessandro Del Piero.

The Italian legend pulled the strings as the Sky Blues beat the Mariners 1-0 thanks to Brett Emerton's late winner in the A-League on Thursday night and his performance did not go unnoticed by former Sheffield United midfielder Montgomery.

"The guy is world class, a magician, without any shadow of doubt," Montgomery told SBS.

"He is one of the world's greatest players and Sydney are very fortunate to him such a player in their ranks.

"Give him time on the ball and he'll punish you.

"He does not have to run around the pitch because when he gets the ball he comes alive. He can turn so quickly, even at his age.

"He has this ability of putting his body between the ball and the opponent and sometimes he is just impossible to mark.

"He is one of the best I have come up against and I've played 30-odd games in the Premier League.

"If Sydney play around him he will be a more outstanding player in the competition."

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  1. johnT01:06am Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Have every respect for ADP. He is a great player and lends an air of excitement to the A League. I just get upset that every time he is challenged for the ball the opposition is penalised. when other players are not. In the game against thew Mariners the other night Rogic was tackled as many times a ADP but only got a couple of decisions from the referee and yet everytime ADP was tackled and lost the ball a free kick was awarded to SFC, SFC deserved to win the match. They played much beter than the Mariners who seemed lost and could not put away their chances. Referees should realise that these overseas marquee players should not get more protection or the benefit of the doubt when local players do not..

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