Friday February 14 2014
Capello: Serie A isn't competitive

Fabio Capello has hit out at the quality of Italian football, insisting that Juventus are suffering in the Champions League as a result.

The Bianconeri, despite winning the last two domestic titles, crashed out of Europe’s top club competition at the group stage this season.

And the former Bianconeri boss has claimed that the lack of competition is showing against teams on the continent.

“Juventus are good in Italy and bad out of it,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “There is no competition for them in Serie A, and therefore, no proper workouts.

“Just look at the squads – last summer Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli all sold their best players abroad. Jovetic, Cavani and Lamela all left, whilst Juventus have just added quality.

“Juve were a flop in the Champions League, but the fact that the final of the Europa League is in Turin should act as a stimulus for them in that competition.”

The current Russia Coach then commented on Milan’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid, and Walter Mazzarri’s Inter.

“Atleti are the favourites against Milan. I saw them against Barcelona and they are a great team.

“They can score from various ways – Costa, Villa and dead-ball situations. There are no complicated calculations for this game – Milan just have to be better in the two legs.

“I can’t judge Seedorf yet. He’s only just started, but he’s joined at a crucial time of the season.

“The change of ownership at Inter has cost them on the pitch, I think. That sort of thing will have complicated repercussions.

“Hernanes is a good player on which to rebuild though.”

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