CAPELLO SOUNDS NOTE OF CAUTION AT ROMA
By James Burton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
"I am not tired of winning but Roma must forget the joy of the Scudetto if they want an encore," said Capello in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The 51-year-old is well placed to judge what it takes to repeat success having won ten championships during his football career, four as a player and an incredible six titles as coach from just nine full seasons.
Capello also laughs off claims by Juventus director Luciano Moggi that the last two Italian seasons have been beset by corruption which influenced the title outcome.
"I do not know about Lazio's Scudetto but Roma always held the advantage and nobody can bring that into discussion," said Capello.
Roma have kept rather quiet during a close season transfer market that has seen a multitude of star players moving for vast amounts. Other than the £20 million signing of teenager Antonio Cassano from Bari, Roma's only major signings were young goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli and defender Saliou Lassissi.
But Capello appears confident for the season ahead and in the players that have arrived.
"We did everything to bring Fabio Cannavaro here but then the price went up and we pulled out," says Capello.
"Lassissi needs a tutor, like Cassano, he is young and must learn from playing alongside great players," added Capello. "The goalkeepers Pelizzoli and Antonioli start as equals."
With Capello the driving force, Roma will set out this season to win all before them including a first ever European Cup for the Italian capital whilst back home the master technician predicts a five team chase for the Scudetto involving the two clubs from Rome, the Milan giants and the favourites Juventus.