Fabio Capello has again ruled out the possibility of ever becoming Italy Coach, before musing on the Azzurri’s possible Euro 2012 quarter-final opponents.
After resigning as England Coach in February over a disagreement with the English FA, Capello is attending Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine as a UEFA delegate.
Before reflecting on how well he feels Cesare Prandelli’s team have done this tournament, the veteran reiterated that he has no intention of replacing the CT in the hotseat.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it - I’m not interested in becoming the Coach of the national team. And another thing, I’m at a certain age now,” reconfirmed the newly-turned 66-year-old to Radio 2.
“I always thought that Italy were stronger than other teams, because I’ve seen in Poland how they played against Spain.
“Only for us, if there is such and such a result do they immediately write critical pieces that are irrelevant. This is a good national team who can play their part.”
Italy will find out tonight who their quarter-final opponents will be from Group D, with one of England and France considered most likely.
“The French have more creativity, but England have gained in confidence, they are doing as they should. They are the players that I would have chosen. I spoke with [Roy] Hodgson and I’m happy.”
Capello was also asked of the strike partnership that Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli make for Italy. The Coach worked with Cassano at Roma and Real Madrid.
“Cassano has matured, whilst Balotelli, I’ve watched him on the field. Yesterday they closed his mouth and it was a smart move, as well as tactically one of the smartest moves to end the controversy.
“If I had him in my dressing room there would be no problems, because I’m a direct person and I think he prefers direct action.”
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