Marcello Lippi admits not even winning Juventus’ last Champions League compares to lifting the World Cup as Italy CT in 2006.
Italy’s victory in Germany was made all the more impressive, given their preparations for the tournament were overshadowed by the Calciopoli scandal, while Lippi also guided Juve to European glory 1996.
“The team’s psychological situation was fantastic,” the China boss told Corriere della Sera.
“There was exceptional conviction and self-esteem. After that, what happened with Calciopoli happened, but it didn’t affect us.
“Was Calciopoli needed? I don’t know. Perhaps it wasn’t considered that certain habits didn’t belong to only one person but rather the whole system.
“Also, someone may have paid more than they should have, someone else much less… Should Buffon stay on? Let’s leave that to him.
“Pirlo’s no-look assist against Germany? When I remember how he put that pass through a melee of players, while looking the other way, with Grosso ready to his left, I think it was meant to be.
“Champions League or World Cup? I won every cup going with Juventus, but none of them compare to a World Cup in Azzurro.”
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