Fabio Capello, former boss of Juventus and AC Milan, expressed his views on the reasons behind Italian clubs’ defeats in the Champions League.
“Unfortunately, football is played painfully in Italy. There is no ferocity of the violence. We believe that the best way to win is by strategy and possession, but it’s difficult to do so when you’re up against teams with a high level of talent and strength.
The teams who played the most intensely secured the four return matches of the 1/8 finals, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The standard of Italian football is poor, we lack bravery, and we are outmatched by teams that have a little more than us.
Chelsea and Bayern play aggressive football in which all of the team’s players participate, and our strikers do not return, but instead stand ahead and wait. It’s incredible to see both the Real Madrid and Chelsea’s players back to their respective halves of the field.
In terms of Chelsea, I’m not sure if this is a credit to Thomas Tuchel. I’m not sure if he was able to add anything new to the job or improve the attitude toward teaching, but his staff demonstrates remarkable coherence and ability,” Capello said.
For the first time since 2016, no Italian team has qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals.
Juventus was knocked out by Porto, Atalanta by Real Madrid, and Lazio by Bayern Munich. Inter came in the last place in their Champions League race.
Ronaldo has been released from defense and will not return,” says Fabio Capello.”