England boss Capello: Impossible to work for Roma

England boss Fabio Capello has taken a swipe at former club Roma.

England boss Fabio Capello has taken a swipe at former club Roma.

He said: “The strongest memory is the last game of that season when the fans invaded the pitch against Parma. I was terrified someone would punch one of their players and we’d we stripped of the Scudetto. I went on the field to push as many away as I could and we managed it.

“There are other memories, good and bad. The unique aura of this city and these fans who encourage you. It’s a marvellous place, but it’s not easy to work in Rome, because from one day to the next you go from hero to villain.

“Juventus, unlike Roma, was a well run club where everything worked and I only had to focus on my own duties. I had very professional players who the day after winning the Scudetto were already focusing on the next season.

“That doesn’t happen in Rome, where the party goes on too long. Juve have a strong work ethic and that’s difficult to find, even if on the international scene they do not have that same hunger.”

Capello was berated for leaving Alessandro Del Piero on the bench, but the captain has become stronger than ever in recent years.

“Del Piero is a great professional and a champion. We couldn’t always play with three forwards and often it was Del Piero who was sacrificed. That’s because David Trezeguet is a fox in the box and next to him I preferred Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who could hold up the ball.

“I am happy with everything Del Piero is doing now, because he is one of the best players I ever worked with.”

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