Sunday February 5 2012
Capello on Scudetto and Terry

Fabio Capello gives his views on the Scudetto race and reveals he does “not agree” with the decision to take the England captain’s armband off John Terry.

“Juventus and Milan remain the favourites for the title,” he told RAI 1 television.

“Juve do not just have grit, but also remarkable team spirit. Milan possess greater class, but without Zlatan Ibrahimovic they could really lose something. This is why I say Juventus are the favourites.”

Capello had been heavily linked with both the Roma bench and Inter over the summer.

“Roma deserve faith, as there are always risks when there is a new project, but with hard work and good fortune you can go far. The Giallorossi still have defensive problems, though.

“I don’t know anything about reported links with Roma, even though I have an excellent rapport with Franco Baldini.

“As for Inter, we did have talks, but nothing came of it and that’s long gone now.”

Capello was at the helm of Juventus during the Calciopoli years, so the two Scudetti he won at the club were wiped off his CV.

“I continue to maintain Luciano Moggi is absolutely the best director in Italy along with Antonio Giraudo,” he said, referring to the two figures at the centre of that scandal.

The England manager was also asked about the recent decision by the FA to strip Terry of the captain’s armband, as he is set to stand trial for racial abuse.

“I absolutely do not agree with the decision to strip him of the captain’s armband. As far as I am concerned, Terry is still the captain.

“You cannot be sanctioned until you are judged by the competent authorities. I spoke with the chairman and told him I don’t think someone can be punished until it becomes official.

“It is going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if Terry committed that crime.”