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Carlo Ancelotti Explains Italian Football Crisis: No Talent, Backward Mentality & Poor Stadia

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Calcio’s state of decline has been hit further by the news of Italian football losing a Champions League place from the 2012-13 season, and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti is pushing for an admission of error from Italy’s football powers.

He believes lessons from past mistakes are yet to be learned, and fears the Italian clubs have failed to follow the example of the Premier League where cash is always poured into its sustainability.

Speaking to La Repubblica, Ancelotti argued it is essential for Serie A to get a new hearing on its future.

“The Italian crisis is transitionary: little investment, no influx of talent, many difficulties for the national team. Once upon a time Italian tactics made the difference, but now the others have caught up, patience is needed,” he said.

“The last 16 of the Champions League was won with counter-attacks. In football there is not much to invent. First they put it down to counter-attacks, now it’s transition. We [Italy] have not learned, but the others have learned well. For my Chelsea, counter-attack is the most efficient play.

“I think there needs to be a cultural revolution [in Italy] as well as needing their own stadiums with private equity. In Italy, stadiums are uncomfortable and some are atrocious, and have been since 1990. In England one can spend the day inside the ground.”

Ancelotti has been linked with a return to Italy, and Roma, but he is treating those reports at arm’s length.

“I am counting on staying where I am. I live like a God here,” he said.

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