Russia boss Fabio Capello has revealed his starting grid for the 2014 World Cup. “Italy are on the third row.”
Capello, who thinks his side can reach the last eight, told the Gazzetta dello Sport today that he expects a South American winner.
“Considering where it is being played, I see Argentina and Brazil on the front row,” the former Milan and Juventus tactician noted.
“And the surprising Colombia. I think winning it would be too much for them, but they are a top tier side, young and rich with talent who are aware of their potential. Colombia will be an outsider.
“On the second row, I see Germany who are as strong as ever, and a Spanish side which I continue to believe in.
“Italy will be on the third row with Holland. Then I see an African side, but we will only find out who at the World Cup.”
Capello, who took England to the World Cup in 2010, was also asked about the possibility of facing Cesare Prandelli’s boys next summer.
“I don’t know whether I would like that,” he explained. “The emotions would be violent and I would expect it to be very tough during the national anthems.
“I’m very tied to my country. However, I am a professional and I’ll be looking to guide Russia to victory.
“Prandelli? He has got the best out of Italian football by constructing a side which is more than competitive.
“He really has done some good work, it’s just a shame that this top seed story has broke.”