‘Lesson in football’ – Capello blown away by Chelsea as he lauds Tuchel tactics

FABIO CAPELLO was blown away by Chelsea’s tactics as they gave Juventus a ‘lesson in football’.

The former England manager, 75, was on punditry duties with Sky Sport Italia on Tuesday night as Juve headed to Stamford Bridge.


Thomas Tuchel got his tactics spot on against Juventus on Tuesday night and Fabio Capello was impressedCredit: EPA

But it was tough viewing for the former Old Lady player and manager as he saw the reigning European champions run riot.

Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring on his Champions League before fellow academy graduates Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi added two more before the hour mark.

Sub Timo Werner then made it 4-0 deep into injury time to secure the Blues’ spot in the knockout stages.

And Capello could not hold back in his admiration for the way Thomas Tuchel set his team up.

The Italian said: “I think this was a real lesson in football from Chelsea.

“Let’s take Liverpool for example, they play aggressively and vertically.


“And tonight we saw Chelsea press, run and never pass the ball backwards. They never start from the back, instead they are always proactive, always forward, no passes to the goalkeeper.

“These are rhythms that the Italian league is no longer used to. There is a big difference in speed and quality compared to our league.

“There is another pressure. Then here are the tackles, you enter hard, the referee does not whistle for fouls that would be whistled here [in Serie A].

“In Italy you play too much with the goalkeeper. I think they are two German coaches, maybe we need to learn from them and update ourselves.

“A coach used to say, ‘How you train is you play.’ When there is great intensity and competitive spirit and you are not used to it, it becomes difficult. When you train with not enough rhythm in the end you get these results in Europe.”

Capello won the Champions League when manager of AC Milan in 1993-94 and also took charge of Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus before landing the Three Lions job in 2007, quitting four months before Euro 2012.

He had three years with Russia and nine months at Jiangsu in China but decided to retire his departure in March 2018.

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Capello was Juventus manager between 2004 and 2006 before later taking the England job


Capello was Juventus manager between 2004 and 2006 before later taking the England jobCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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