Originally published in la Gazzetta dello Sport
Every week Football Italiano brings you a translation of one of la Gazzetta dello Sport’s interviews with a major name from the world of Italian football. This time it is part one of two in their interview with England manager Fabio Capello…
Londra. Fabio Capello, a year later. Like Julius Caesar ( 55 b.c.) , he came, he saw, he conquered the English. With him, England are back to winning ways, from Zagreb to Berlin: 8 successes out of 10 matches, one draw and one defeat. Maximum points (4 out of 4) for the 2010 World Cup.
“They used to say that this was an ‘impossible job’. It has been a pleasant year instead, very positive. I’m satisfied”
British Channels don’t show Serie A.
“ Marketing choices of the various channels, the quality of our product is valid. The ‘blackout’ won’t last long”.
Mourinho says that that the world doesn’t like Italian football.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I travelled the world enough: I judge Italian football as very technical, difficult, therefore very valid. Look at the problems that foreign coaches and players have”.
Inter are six points clear.
“It’s no news. It’s still the Nerazzurri army of the last Scudetto, with a decisive Ibrahimovic like in 2007-08”.
You wanted Ibra at Juve.
“Roma wanted him too. His two years in Turin matured him, now he’s complete. A world champion”.
Do you see any other Serie A player at the same level?
“De Rossi has got the characteristics”.
News on Juve?
“ Juve are doing great things, the real news is their return to their historical role”.
“Six points is an important advantage for Inter. Roma had a slow start, but have potential. Fiorentina’s difficulties surprised me, perhaps they’re feeling the impact of the Champions League”.
At the beginning of the season you thought Milan were going to be the best team.
“Unfortunately they are going through a series of problems, especially the defence. But there’s more than half the championship to go. And let’s not forget about Napoli: excellent job from the club and from my friend Reja”.
Did Cristiano Ronaldo deserve the Pallone d’Oro?
“Last season he was absolutely the best player in the world. But the future is Messi, with Rooney and of course Ibra”.
“A complete striker who scores, the type that is not easy to find. The more he matures, the more he’s decisive, and the more he’ll score”.
Two ’66 ‘Sirs’, Charlton and Hurst, liken you to Alf Ramsay, England’s World Cup winning manager.
“It means they appreciate my work. Although frankly i would wait before being compared with a legend like Sir Alf”.