Legendary manager Fabio Capello has said that Chelsea taught Juventus “a football lesson” in their 4-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Capello represented Juventus as a player between 1970 and 1976 before going on to manage the club for two years between 2004 and 2006, departing in the midst of the Calciopoli scandal. He claimed three Scudetti as a player and two (which were both eventually revoked in the aftermath of Calciopoli) as a manager with the Old Lady.
The Italian mastermind is now seen regularly on Sky Sports in Italy as a pundit and he was scathing in his assessment of Juventus’ defeat at the hands of Chelsea
Juventus were taught a lesson by Chelsea
Gunning for revenge following their 1-0 defeat to Juve in the reverse fixture back in September, Chelsea were dominant from the outset on Tuesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s side opened the scoring through Trevoh Chalobah in the first half before scoring three times in the second half to blitz beyond a sorry Bianconeri.
Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner heaped the misery on Massimiliano Allegri, whose conservative approach backfired at the Bridge.
Capello, meanwhile, was quick to compliment Tuchel’s juggernaut: “I think this was a real lesson in football from Chelsea,” he told Sky Sport Italia (via the Metro) after the game.
Differences in speed between the Premier League & Serie A
The former England boss then discussed the distinct differences between the current English and Italian games, citing this contrast for Juve’s struggles against the European champions.
“Let’s take Liverpool for example, they play aggressively and vertically,” Capello noted.
“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],” the former Serie A Coach of the Year added.
Capello believes Italian coaches are due an evolution, with Allegri appearing a lifetime behind Tuchel in regards to tactical nous in Tuesday’s thrashing.