Thursday February 24 2011
Rossi: Italy is falling behind

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi has reiterated his belief that the standard of Italian football is in decline.

The Italy international has been very vocal about a perceived decline in the quality of teams from Serie A, especially in Europe.

Milan, Inter and Roma all lost at home in the latest round of the Champions League, sparking debate across the peninsula.

Speaking ahead of tonight's Europa League tie with Napoli, he said: "In recent years Italian clubs have gone in search of more physical players and they are paying for it.

"Football has changed and the teams who win are those that keep the ball.

"Cesare Prandelli is on the right track and is trying to make the changes needed."