Tuesday December 29 2020
Capello: 'I would swap Dybala with Kane'

Former Milan, Roma and Juventus coach Fabio Capello said he would only swap Paulo Dybala with Tottenham forward Harry Kane.

Capello spent three years at Juventus between 2004 and 2007 but didn’t manage to repeat his previous success at Milan and Roma during his time in Turin.

The former coach is convinced Dybala will return to his best and said COVID-19 ‘is the explanation’ to his current problems.

“Covid is the explanation, especially for a player like Dybala, who needs to dribble a man,” Capello told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The impression is that he’s a bit unfinished. He captivates but leaves doubts. He certainly has superior qualities; he really has all you need.

“He needs the physical conditions to return to his best. Paulo needs to be 100 per cent well, because if you are well physically, the head leads you to face the opponents, the teammates, the coach and even the club.

“Dybala can do everything on the pitch if he is well, even playing in a trident with [Alvaro] Morata and [Cristiano] Ronaldo.

Capello said he wouldn’t swap Dybala for Manchester United star Paul Pogba and added the Argentine reminds him of Dejan Savicevic.

“Paulo reminds me of Savicevic, he too preferred to start from the right,” Capello continued. “He had great vision and special dribbling abilities.

“He had that great strength in the lower body to escape the tackles. Dybala is better at finishing, while Dejan was more an assist man. He had a quick pass. Well, maybe Dybala is a bit mor individualistic.

“I said I wouldn’t swap Dybala to get Pogba. If I could, I’d trade him with Tottenham’s English striker Harry Kane.”