Fabio Capello, former head coach of Juventus and Milan, has expressed his thoughts on the reasons for the Italian clubs’ loss in the Champions League.
“Unfortunately, Italy is a slow footballing country. There is no ferocity of the violence. We believe that strategy and ball possession are the only ways to succeed, but it is impossible to put that into practice when playing against teams with a certain level of talent and intensity,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.
“We saw that the more intense teams dominated the four return matches in the 1/8 finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. The standard of Italian football is poor, we lack guts, and we are outmatched by teams that have a bit more than us.”
“Chelsea and Bayern play offensive football that includes all of the players in the side, while our forwards do not come back but instead stand in front and wait. It’s exciting to see both of Real Madrid and Chelsea’s players back to their respective halves of the field.”
“As for Chelsea, I’m not sure if that’s a testament to Thomas Tuchel. I’m not sure if he was able to add anything new to the task, to shift the approach toward preparation, but his staff is demonstrating exceptional teamwork and skill.”
This is the first time that no Italian team has reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 2016.