According to Fabio Capello, trying to copy Pep Guardiola’s style from about 15 years ago cost Italy by missing the World Cup for the second time in a row. “The cause of the defeat is simple. I said this a long time ago, that Italy is copying Guardiola’s football 15 years ago, but without the quality.
Italian football failed because it followed Guardiola
Physically, North Macedonia is superior to Italy in terms of football. dynamism, strength and determination,” Capello commented on Sky Sport Italia on March 25, about Italy’s 0-1 defeat to North in the 2022 World Cup play-off semi-final.
Italy is absent from the World Cup finals for the second time in a row. In 2018, they lost to Sweden after two play-offs. This is a big step backwards for Italy compared to the Euro championship more than half a year ago. In the last seven qualifying matches, Italy scored just eight goals. They missed many opportunities when they met North Macedonia at home on the evening of March 24, before losing in the second minute of the second half.
According to Capello, Italy made the mistake of pursuing Spain’s school of attack and ball control, but should build a scientific play like Germany. He said: “Everything is very clear. Italy cannot develop if we try to do like Spanish football. They have superior technique. Italian players are not like that. We always only have about 50 possessions on the ball. % per game”.
The coach who once led Milan, Roma, and Juventus commented: “Italy now rarely kicks directly or has abundant physical strength. They also do not contest the ball enthusiastically. We should follow Jurgen Klopp’s style of play. The only Italian club
The best that can do that is Atalanta, and look at their results. Vincenzo Italiano is trying something similar in Fiorentina, just like Alexander Blessin in Genoa. The German approach is a model to follow. Italy’s players are not technical enough to build a game like Spain.”
Capello also criticized the quality of Serie A, citing the fact that Romelu Lukaku and Tammy Abraham faded in the Premier League, but flourished when playing in Italy. Last season, Lukaku made a big contribution to helping Inter win the championship for the first time in 11 years, with 24 goals and 11 assists, thereby winning the title of Best Player of the Season by the players playing in the tournament.
But when he returned to Chelsea this season, Lukaku only scored 12 goals in 34 matches, and now lost his starting position to Kai Havertz . Meanwhile, after being sacked by Chelsea, Abraham shone at Roma with 22 goals this season, and broke the record of most goals scored by Roma in the debut season of Vincenzo Montella and Gabriel Batistuta – club legends.
“European leagues always play with high speed, and Italian players are not used to that. Italy also does not have a strong young team. In Serie A, the teams always pass to the goalkeeper. Sometimes, I I’m surprised to see the statistic of one player making 45. That’s okay, but how many of them are effective, decisive, clearing the way for teammates? Victor Osimhen, Romelu Lukaku and Tammy Abraham are mediocre strikers abroad, but stormed in Italy. We have to ask why?”, Capello emphasized.
According to Football Italy , Roberto Mancini can step down after a defeat at the 2022 World Cup play-off, even though his contract is until June 2026. Fabio Cannavaro, the pillar that helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup, can replace Mancini. However, FIGC President Gabriele Gravina wants Mancini to continue to lead the Azzurri.
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