Friday, November 11, 2011

Capello: "Barcelona style introduced the winner of Spain"

Fabio Capello said the Barcelona introduced a "winning style" in the Spanish team, who on Saturday will face the English at Wembley in a friendly clash. "Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been very important for football in Spain. Barça touch football has always been a winning style, a style of school," said the coach at a press conference after training on the English Wembley's turf.

The Italian coach looked at the success of the Spanish team is due to the quality of some players who, after winning the European Championship, managed to consolidate the confidence as a team "winner." Capello will introduce changes in his eleven usual to test young players ahead of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, as Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who appears for the first time with England.

Still, the coach pointed out that it will take "risks, but not many" to the world champions, and said that England "thoroughly prepared" the clash against Vicente del Bosque. "It will be a tough game because they are very good. Against Spain we have to play with speed and with great confidence," said Capello, who also announced that the captain John Terry will not jump start the field.

Chelsea defender is embroiled in a police investigation into racist assumptions about a player from Queens Park Rangers, and was doubtful until the last minute for international call. Capello said he had decided that Terry did not play against Spain since before the incident of defense of the "blues" and will be Frank Lampard who captained the English on Wembley, which will yield back the bracelet to his team on Tuesday, when faced against Sweden.

The Italy coach insisted that Terry, 31 and investigated by both the FA and by Scotland Yard for allegedly uttering racist insults Anton Ferdinand is "innocent until proven otherwise."

Capello also referred to the poppy embroidered England's players will wear on a bracelet as a reminder to British troops killed in combat, a symbol that the FIFA had banned considering it primarily a "political act". The Italian said he was "proud" to wear the traditional poppy "because British troops were very important, both for England and for the rest of the world," he said.


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