Capello: ‘Bernardeschi hesitates’

Fabio Capello is impressed with the new generation of Italy players, above all Nicolò Zaniolo and Nicolò Barella, but has advice for Federico Bernardeschi.

The Azzurri host Finland at 19.45 GMT in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

“I really like Barella, but Zaniolo has stunned me for how quickly he has progressed and is continuing to improve,” Capello told Radio Deejay.

“On the other hand, Bernardeschi can do some fantastic things, but also needs to take fewer touches. He never gets the ball away before the defender or goalkeeper can react, he holds on too long.

“Vision is something you cannot buy or learn. You’ve either got it in you or you haven’t.”

There was a recent poll in France Football that cited the greatest Coaches of all time as Rinus Michels of Ajax, Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Arrigo Sacchi at Milan.

“There were three moments that changed football: Michels with Ajax, Sacchi’s Milan that transformed the system and Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona,” insists Capello.

“These three had ideas that also developed thanks to the great players at their disposal. They put forward something different.

“My approach was different in its own way, as our greatest strength was in the defence of Italians and Demetrio Albertini in midfield.

“The best players I ever worked with were Marco van Basten and Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, of course. Even if he was fat at Real Madrid, I’ve never seen anyone with the touch Ronaldo had.”

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