“Croatia the worst possible opponent”, Capello warns Italy

By Antoine Rabito on Saturday June 22, 2024
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Former coach Fabio Capello warns that Croatia are Italy’s “worst possible opponent” in their final group stage match at EURO 2024.

Italy are preparing for their final group stage match at EURO 2024 after a 1-0 defeat by Spain on Thursday. A win or draw against Croatia on Monday will be enough to qualify for the last 16, and Spalletti is considering some changes. “Qualification for the last 16 is one point away and the match against Croatia will give us a chance of redemption. We can react. Italy looked exhausted because their opponents were superb in every way. It was a lesson for the Azzurri, but we have to recognize the value of our opponents. This Spanish team is in the front row to win the Euro. Honestly, I was surprised too. I knew they had quality, they showed it against Croatia, but against Italy, they were even faster. We confused playing good soccer with sterile possession. Good soccer is what Spain are doing right now. Croatia are the worst possible opponent. The danger comes from the middle. Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic. They may not be as fast as the Spaniards, but they are technically equivalent. That’s why we need a national team that will learn from the mistakes made against Spain. A united and focused group. We will have two results out of three, but Italy should take to the field to win and prove that they can have their say at this Euro,” wrote Capello in his column for La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Antoine Rabito

Antoine Rabito

Italian soccer fan from France. Everyday, I read the italian newspapers looking for the best informations to share.

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