Capello: Serie A clubs cannot compete in transfer market

Former England coach Fabio Capello feels Italian football still has room for improvement.

Former England coach Fabio Capello feels Italian football still has room for improvement.

Ex-AS Roma and Juventus coach Capello has not worked in Italy since Calciopoli and gave his view on what Serie A needs to do in the future.

“Compared to Barcelona and Real Madrid, the budgets just cannot compete. The same goes for England, where they now have magnates who can tip the scales. It has to be said, though, that in the Liga and the Premier League there are huge debts.

“As for the rest, we are falling behind because of the 1990 World Cup, where we spent hyperbolic sums for old stadiums that are now obsolete. With a section of violent fans and some components of society that creep into sport, we will not see Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A.

“However, that does not mean Serie A is mediocre. In Italy we play good football, the referees can finally let the game run and not reward divers. Then the clubs have done well to compensate for the economic gap by spotting talents like Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Stevan Jovetic, Hernanes, Miralem Pjanic and Erik Lamela.”

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