Lippi urges Capello to be ruthless with star names

December 18, 2007

Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi believes new England manager Fabio Capello may have to drop a high-profile player who 'is not on the same wavelength' as the others if his team are to find success.

Lippi, who was also linked with the England job before Capello's appointment, was not afraid to drop star players during his reign with the Azzurri.

Talented but temperamental striker Antonio Cassano was left out of the World Cup-winning squad while Alessandro Del Piero was only used sparingly in the successful campaign.

Meanwhile, previously unheralded players like Fabio Grosso and Simone Perrotta made important contributions in Germany.

Lippi told Sky Italia that Capello would also have to make some difficult decisions.

He said: 'Capello's most difficult task will be to make a team become a team, something which in recent years it hasn't felt like one.

'That will be the most difficult challenge. He will need to construct a team, the national team is not the selection of the best players of the country, but in order to make a team you may also need to have to drop an important player that perhaps is not in the same wavelength as the others.'

Lippi thinks the language issue is crucial for Capello's success as well.

He does not believe Capello can rely on a translator for long but must be able to communicate with his players directly.

'The fact that I don't speak English is one of the reasons why I have turned down three or four proposals in that last two years that have arrived from the English Premiership,' Lippi said.

'I have always said that a coach must transmit to his players everything that goes through his heart and head and in order to do so, he can't be talking and then asking the interpreter to translate, it's impossible.'