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Friday December 6 2013
Capello: 'Italy's World Cup'

Fabio Capello commented on Italy’s World Cup hopes, the changes at Milan and who he’ll support for the Scudetto.

The Russia Coach spoke to Rai Sport ahead of today’s World Cup draw in Bahia, which begins at 16.00 GMT.

“Italy’s World Cup campaign will depend on the form of Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli. Would I like to train Balotelli? The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind!

“As for Russia, we would consider it a success to reach the quarter-finals, but a lot will depend on the draw...”

He was also asked about Serie A matters at his former clubs, such as the title race between Juventus and Roma.

“If there were a Scudetto sprint between Juve and Roma, I’d have to divide my support 50 per cent each.

“As for Milan, the compromise between Barbara Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani is the compromise between new and old. Galliani is a great director, but time does move on.”

The Rossoneri have already agreed a deal for CSKA Moscow and Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda, who will arrive on a free transfer in January.

“Honda is a good signing and also very good on set plays, but he will have to adapt to the rhythm of Italian football.”

Capello was fiercely critical of the children in the Juventus Stadium who jeered opponents Udinese and insulted goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic every time he took a goal kick.

“I do not want to come back to Italy because we are a country who always seeks excuses not to solve problems. We are a country who make do, but don’t decide, and politicians who never give guarantees, preferring instead to ensure their own patch of land is safe.

“We must educate our children, bring them to the stadium and teach them not to do those things. The fault lies with those who accompanied the children and the stadium speaker who could’ve said something to make them stop.”

Juventus were fined €5,000 for those insults.

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