Materazzi more then ever before this season will be an important figure in our squad with the lost of Cannavaro. However, unlike many of my fellow Interisti I don't quite rate Matrix all that high. I've come to accept that maybe my opinion isn't very popular, but I can't see what is so special about him at all.
I'll always agree that he had a very good season in 2001-2002 when he had just came from Perugia, but he's yet to prove he's a world class defender since then IMO. Due to his height, he's always matched up with a big and tall CF instead of Cordoba - and in my mind, he struggles. He seems lost around the pitch much too often, commiting silly mistakes that just come down to the basics of football. Basically, I think he lacks natural instincts as a defender or even as a football player in general. I don't trust him out there defending any world class striker, and I'm sure I cannot even begin to count the number of times he's managed to screw up what should have been just a simple play. Way too many mistakes, it's absolutely incredible how mistake prone Matrix is.
Obviously he's got some sort of technique, he's incredible gifted at both taking penalties and free kicks. But he doesn't have the right frame of mind, or just lacks something mentally. I sense that he's out of the game many times.
Honestly, has Italia ever had such a bad defender play for them? he's definately the worst I've ever seen since I started watching. Also, my low grade on him doesn't just come down to his defensive abilities either. His hot-head attitude doesn't sit in too well with me, I mean I can take crap from a star but if you're already struggling and risking my team of getting a red or yellow card just because you can't keep your cool then that's ridiculous. I get scared everytime Matrix gets involved in an argument or even when he's holding on to an opponent's jersey. That's not right.. now, is it? without a shadow of a doubt, Matrix has been our worst behaved player in the past 3 years.
Maybe I'm just weird or highly critical of Matrix, don't know why I even hold a grudge on him. I just want to know if I'm the only one who feels insecure with him at the back. Just discuss and explain.