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Lippi: “Only Conte can stop Juventus. Champions? Inter is not passed off “

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Marcello Lippi spoke about the scudetto race and did so during a long interview with the Corriere dello Sport microphones:
Lippi, intrigues her head to head for the championship between Juve and Inter?
"Yes, it is very beautiful and it certainly made the start of the season very interesting." Is this dualism destined to go on until May or will the Bianconeri take off? «I really think it can last until the end. In August, I thought that for the title they would have fought in three, but Napoli has slipped away and will be struggling to get back into the race. Ancelotti is a very good technician, a guarantee in this respect, and I am convinced that he will improve the team. Even if he will drive it out of the difficult moment he is going through, he has, however, accumulated too much detachment from the first ». So it will be the Italian derby for the Scudetto. "The championship will be more uncertain than in recent years and this is good for our football, even if there is a consideration that everyone should do and that perhaps can make us understand what the end of the story will be". Please . "In Italy Juventus are the only unbeaten team, they already have the passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League and are first in the standings in Serie A. All this having made 60-70% of their chances. He is going through a process of metamorphosis, from the game of Allegri to that of Sarri, and so far he has often won more thanks to the qualities of the individual than to the game. The success of Bergamo is proof of this: he suffered for long stretches of a meeting in which, however, the class of Higuain, Dybala and the others weighed in the end ». What is the moral? «The opponents of Juve are right to be worried. As soon as the bianconeri improve their performance, in my opinion there will be no history even this year ». So, for Sarri's extension, is it only a matter of time? "In football there is nothing for granted and mathematics is something else. Given this, since in Italy there is a team that has been winning for eight years and that last summer has also been reinforced thanks to a prudent market, it is inevitable to expect that its successful cycle will continue. The change of coach could have negatively affected and created difficulties only if Sarri had not been intelligent, but Maurizio is intelligent and knows the world of the ball well: he has already managed to bring some of his ideas without lowering the performance that Juve has had with Count first and then with Allegri ». Critics claim that sarrism in Turin has not yet been seen. "The ranking is clear and Juventus is still up there. When he makes 80% of his potential, for the others there will be nothing left to do ». What can Bonucci and his companions improve? "A little in everything, even if it seems to me mainly that they struggle to close the races and that they don't always develop the game fluidly. It is inevitable that this happens when you change coach and it is right to give time to Sarri. If I were him I wouldn't be worried: we are only at the end of November and the seasons are decided in the spring ». Conte may have taken less time to transform Inter. «Antonio is making everyone make the most of him: he takes care of every detail, works a lot and manages to convey the right stimuli to the group in every meeting. He is the one who makes the difference and if there was a technician who could shorten the gap between Juventus and Inter so quickly, that was him ". What has been Conte's winning move so far? "To involve the whole rose, to be followed by everyone, to establish a crazy feeling in the locker room. The players were good on the field, but he didn't make a mistake and created an incredible unity of purpose within the group ». From the tone of his voice she expected this to happen. «Of course I expected it. I trained Antonio and I know what kind of person he is: he is a leader and a driver. Conte is doing "only" … the Count and drags the others. In spite of injuries and a staff that is lower than that of Juventus ».
These gaps to be filled he made them stand out by asking for reinforcements from the management. "In January the Inter squad will probably be improved and this will allow the nerazzurri to remain attached to Juventus, to fight for the scudetto to the end, but in the long run …". What kind of players would Conte need? "No names. A few extra changes to make a bit of rotation, however, would be useful for him ». If Juventus went ahead in the Champions League and Inter no, for the Nerazzurri in a tricolor key could it be an advantage?   "Contrary to what many people think, I argue that arriving in Europe in spring is a blessing. Other than burning energy: getting ahead in the Champions League brings enthusiasm, confidence in one's means and the team acquires personality and experience. When things go well, you don't feel tired. " Sarri is already in the second round, while Conte needs a miracle to center them. «Juve must try to finish first in their group and have many chances to make it, but don't give Inter the best: it has a lot of injuries, but in Prague it can win and at that point everything would be played against Barcelona at San Siro. I open a parenthesis: in my opinion, Napoli will eventually pass the turn and I wouldn't even call Atalanta dead. ” On May 30th in Istanbul can Juventus finally win that cup which you lifted to the sky for the last time as a Juventus coach? «Never before has Juventus been part of the group of 3-4 teams that can win the trophy. Until 3 years ago I always put it behind the strongest, at least one step behind the favorites, while now it has entered right into the group. I think that with a bit of luck he can do it even if in the Champions League it is impossible to overbalance: we will have to see in what shape conditions he will arrive in March, if he will have disqualifications and if luck will give him a hand in the draw ». The return to the top of Ronaldo will also be decisive, as it is less in Italy than in Spain. «When he arrived in Turin he knew that in Serie A everything would be different and more difficult. However, it seems to me that his numbers are important and I remain convinced that in the spring, especially in Europe, he will make the difference as has always happened in his career ». If you had to choose, would you prefer to train the attack of Juventus or that of Inter? «Nice choice … They are two very strong departments: Martinez has grown so much and has become an important player; I have always admired Lukaku and in Italy he is making a difference. But I also like Juventus strikers a lot: there, everyone plays good and I really don't have any preferences among those three ».
Hard to imagine a Higuain on these levels after he had to leave in the summer. «I was convinced that he would do well because with Sarri in Naples he always had important numbers, but I didn't think he could maintain such a performance. He was really good at resetting and starting again with enthusiasm. The same Dybala: both were fundamental for the first place of the Bianconeri ». After China's resignation as coach, what is Lippi's future? Will he return to the world of football? «For now I enjoy my Viareggio, which is always beautiful, and my family. We will see what happens next ".

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