Luciano Spalletti has heaped praised on Daniele De Rossi and compared the Roma favourite to a GPS system after his recent performance for Italy.
Predominantly a defensive midfielder, De Rossi played as part of a three-man defence when the Azzurri took on Spain in their opening Euro 2012 Group C fixture on Sunday and impressed with a dominant display to help his side to a 1-1 draw.
The 53-year-old Spalletti, who was in charge of the Giallorossi between 2005 and 2009, used an interesting analogy to describe the midfielder whilst also insisting that the centre of the pitch remains his best position.
"Against Spain he was incredible, Daniele is one of those players who you do not need to say many things to. He's like a GPS, you set the instructions and he knows what to do," stated Spalletti to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Either way, in my opinion his best position is in front of the defence, where he can collect the ball from the two centre-backs, and where he can help out both defensively and in attack."
De Rossi is expected to line up in defence for Italy again when they take on Croatia in Poznan on June 14.