TRENTO – Italian football is experiencing a moment of systemic crisis, of talents that are not born, of flop results but the first big defeat "is inside the stadiums". The J'accuse comes from Carlo Ancelotti, a celebrated technician today at Naples but for nine years walking around Europe (England, Spain, France, Germany), where he won everything there was to win.
Now back in Italy he is trying with Napoli ("in Europe I do not know, there are many very strong teams, but in Italy you can do a good job"), yet the most difficult opponent does not come from footballing rivals, as shown by the burst of personal insults and those to the Neapolitans received in Turin, with a lot of closure of the bianconera curve by the sports judge.
"What did I think when they insulted me? That I would have watched the Champions League won in 2003 ", as a Milan player against Juve, Ancelotti had replied after the ultrà bianconeri had apostrophized him with the old epithet, 'pig'.
But beyond the ironic reply, the bitterness inside has remained. Today, guest in Trento with his mentor Arrigo Sacchi and Pep Guardiola to talk about the "Beauty of football", one of the last round tables organized by the Gazzetta and Trentino in the first edition of the Festival dello Sport, the Romagna technician questioned about the bad moment crossed by Italian football replied that "at the technical level we are always very competitive and respected all over the world. Although there is no great quality and many talents around, the big difference that I noticed – remarked Ancelotti, who has remained far from Italy for 9 years – is at the level of infrastructure and cultural shortage. Around Europe I have seen beautiful infrastructure and full stadiums, but above all I have tasted the true sporting rivalry. Here, on this point we are really light years behind. I'm back in Italy after many years but I still have to hear insults of all kinds in the stadiums. We must finish it: it is not about rivalry but rudeness. The rebirth must also start from here ", concluded the Naples coach.
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