Wednesday March 23 2011
Lippi: 'Prandelli is the right man'

Marcello Lippi believes Cesare Prandelli is “the right man” for Italy and comments on the crisis at Juventus.

The Coach won the 2006 World Cup and then returned for a second, unsuccessful, spell in South Africa.

“I think that regardless of how the World Cup in South Africa ended up, the Nazionale still needed to be restructured and a new generation brought in.

“I believe that Prandelli is the right man to lead the renewal of the Italy squad and begin that process. I can't think of anyone more suitable for the role.”

Lippi is also a former boss at Juventus, who are currently going through a crisis that could see them miss out on the Champions League again.

“They have been working for two years to return to the top. I think there are competent people who are working well, but unfortunately the results are not coming.

“If things continue like this, though, it can only be better in the next few years.

“I am not remotely surprised by the fine performances of Alessandro Del Piero. When you have love for your work and combine that with class and a great professional approach, you can play until you're 40.”