Fabio Capello: “I’ve never seen anyone with the touch Ronaldo had”

Italian football legend Fabio Capello is happy with Italian players like Nicolò Zaniolo and Nicolò Barella, but goes on to leave a piece of advice for Federico Bernardeschi

Italy will host Finland tonight in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier and Capello had the following to say about the players:

“I really like Barella, but Zaniolo has stunned me for how quickly he has progressed and is continuing to improve,” Capello told Radio Deejay as quoted by Football Italia.

“On the other hand, Bernardeschi can do some fantastic things, but also needs to take fewer touches. He never gets the ball away before the defender or goalkeeper can react, he holds on too long.

“Vision is something you cannot buy or learn. You’ve either got it in you or you haven’t.”

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 23: Laureus Ambassador Fabio Capello attend the Laureus European Summit on May 23, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Getty Images for Laureus)

While talking about the three moments that made a difference in football, Capello cited Rinus Michels of Ajax, Barca’s Guardiola and Arrigo Sacchi of Milan.

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“There were three moments that changed football: Michels with Ajax, Sacchi’s Milan that transformed the system and Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona,” insists Capello.

“These three had ideas that also developed, thanks to the great players at their disposal. They put forward something different.

“My approach was different in its own way, as our greatest strength was in the defence of Italians and Demetrio Albertini in midfield.”

He also revealed his best players during his time as a manager.

“The best players I ever worked with were Marco van Basten and Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, of course. Even if he was fat at Real Madrid, I’ve never seen anyone with the touch Ronaldo had.”

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