Capello claims Chelsea gave Juventus ‘a real lesson in football’

Capello claims Chelsea gave Juventus ‘a real lesson in football’

Former England manager Fabio Capello has claimed that Chelsea gave Serie A side Juventus “a real lesson in football” in a 4-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Defending champions Chelsea secured safe passage to the knockout phase with a hefty win over the Old Lady.

Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner struck to sink sorry Juventus, who were unable to live with the rampant Blues.

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Bullish wing-back James became Chelsea’s outright top scorer with his fifth goal of the season, to add to five assists so far this term.

Chelsea’s first three goals were scored by academy graduates, with the club’s Cobham youth set-up continuing to produce the goods for the first team.

Capello insisted that Chelsea showed the “big difference in speed and quality” between the Premier League and Serie A currently.

“I think this was a real lesson in football from Chelsea,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “Let’s take Liverpool for example, they play aggressively and vertically.

“And tonight we saw Chelsea 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.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hailed an “excellent day” for the Blues academy as they brushed Juve aside.

“The crowd loves it when the academy players score and I’m absolutely convinced that everybody loves it,” said Tuchel.

“This is what makes this team special, not only the superstars from abroad but also the guys from the academy, who are full of quality and very humble. It’s their biggest dream to perform at Stamford Bridge and to be part of a strong Chelsea team.

“It’s so nice to see them part of it, it’s another excellent day for the academy, and full credit to them.

“It’s a pleasure to have these boys and I strongly believe it’s a huge part of the success, to have this mix between homegrown talents and top players.

“It was a very strong performance. We had to be patient but at the same time be responsible for the rhythm and the intensity.

“We had to take care of the details, when to accelerate the game. It was a great performance from everybody, so full credit to the players.

“To score so many goals against a team who defend so well is an amazing achievement.

“It’s important that we enjoy this, but also that we do not get carried away.”


Source: All The News – Football365

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