‘This was a football lesson’ – Fabio Capello blown away by Chelsea’s victory over Juventus

Fabio Capello says Chelsea gave a ‘real lesson in football’ with their 4-0 thrashing of Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

The Blues delivered a commanding display at Stamford Bridge as goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner sealed a comfortable victory.

Chelsea have now reached the Champions League knockout stage and are now in firm position to finish top of Group H ahead of Juventus.

And Capello believes Serie A needs to study the way Tuchel has got Chelsea playing and feels Italian teams are at a disadvantage in Europe due to their slower tempo.

‘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.’


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