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Following Real Madrid’s dour goal less draw against Villarreal at the Bernabeu in their opening match, Capello has come in for some fierce criticism from both the press and figures inside the game.
In fact , the most damning and vocal criticism came from one of Capello’s opponents in that match, Alessio Tacchinardi, a player who knows the Italian coach well. The player feels that Capello might achieve results in the long term but is not sure that the fans will have the patience, or the appetite for his style of football.
Tacchinardi said after the game “Capello play’s that way, and I, personally, don’t like it. Let’s see what he does with this team, but from what I’ve seen of Real Madrid so far they play really badly"
The former Juventus player added “It seems to me that he’s not all that hot as a Coach, but he’s always played that way. Here he’s going to get it all wrong because the fans in Spain demand attacking football – they want to see their team go out onto the pitch and really hunt down victories through attractive attacking play"
"This Madrid will win most of their victories by 1-0 or will get goalless draws because their Coach has got that mentality: you can attack, but you always have to defend en mass first. Capello is like that and won’t ever change. It reflects the Italian football mentality which prizes not conceding goals more than scoring them and, in my opinion, that’s not going to work in Spain", he added.
However, ahead of Sunday’s game against Levante, Capello has received some unexpected support, from a Levante player, Damiano Tommasi. The Italian believes that Madrid fans will need to show some patience with their coach, but that it will be worth it in the long run.
He said “Like all of Fabio Capello's teams, this one is designed to win and, although it will take a little time, I believe that they will soon start seeing the fruits of his work,"
"Capello has shown what he can do during his career, but it is not always possible to convince everyone."
Levante will be keen to put their opening day 4-0 defeat to Sevilla firmly behind them and the newly promoted club were perhaps a little unfortunate to come up against La Liga’s most in form side in their first game. Tommasi is relishing the prospect of making his home debut for Levante, the club he joined this summer after ten years at Roma.
Looking forward to Sunday’s clash against Real Madrid, the player said "This game is special,"
"First of all because it will be the first match that we play at home this season and also because it is against one of the teams that will be playing for the league title."
The Italian believes that his side has learned from the mistakes made in the first game in the top flight "We allowed Sevilla to have too much space and we cannot repeat this mistake.
"So the most important thing will be to keep possession and to stop them scoring. It is difficult to stop a team like Real Madrid, but I think we are capable."
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