Capello backs Del Piero
By Ben Warburton & Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fabio Capello has publicly backed Alessandro Del Piero's attitude of late.
Juventus coach Fabio Capello has moved to quash rumours of an uneasy relationship between Alessandro Del Piero and himself by publicly backing the Italy striker for his attitude of late.
The Bianconeri's all-time top goalscorer had been the subject of reported interest from The Premiership after falling behind in-form duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet at Stadio Delle Alpi, but Capello has been impressed with the veteran forward recently.
"I'm really happy about Del Piero," said Capello on the eve of the match with Ascoli.
"He's feeling really good in a physical and a psychological way."
The former Milan coach added that he felt Del Piero's improvement has possibly coincided with the World Cup being just around the corner.
"I'm evaluating what he's giving on the pitch but in the training sessions and in the dressing-room too.
"The World Cup air is helping him, in the same way that it's helping many other players," Capello added.
Despite not having a regular role under Capello, Del Piero has been keen to prove his worth to the Italian coach and became the Turin side's all time leading goalscorer after notching a hat-trick against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia on January 10.