The Azzurri won UEFA Euro 2020 in the summer but failed to qualify for Qatar 2022 in March. Serie A clubs have also failed to gain access to the Champions League quarter-finals for the second season in a row and Capello once again spoke about the crisis of Italian football in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We should think about one thing: Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi are struggling in leagues that are more competitive than Serie A, while Abraham wasn’t this strong in England,” he said.
“The ball isn’t moved quickly enough in Italy, so it’s easy to intercept it. We suffer the pressing because we never overcome it with one touch, we always need three. We should train all day on the technique, but we focus on tactics instead.”
Abraham joined Roma from Chelsea in a €40m deal in the summer and has become one of the most prolific debutants in the history of the Giallorossi, scoring 24 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions.
On the other hand, Lukaku is having a tough time at Chelsea, where he returned in a €113m deal in 2021. The former Inter striker has only scored 12 goals in 40 appearances with the Blues after netting 64 goals in 95 games during his two-year spell with the Nerazzurri.
Capello su Inzaghi: "Fa un buon calcio e se reagisce al ko resta il favorito. Ma serve qualità" https://t.co/msf3ZE4gck
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