Marcello Lippi: “My favorites are Brazil and Spain”

Italy boss, Marcello Lippi, had his first press conference from Irene, South Africa. He spoke to journalists about his adamant refusal to provide his playing formation, favorites to win the World Cup, the age of his Italian side, altitude training and the status of his injured players.

On His Formation/Starting XI

Non mi chiedete la formazione, che non ve la darò mai. Non lo fa nessuno, non vedo perchè dovrei farlo io“.

“Don’t ask me the formation. I will never give it to you. I don’t do it for anyone and don’t see why I ought to do it.”

On His Favorites to Win the World Cup

E’ chiaro che vogliamo andare lontano, se possibile fino in fondo. Il Mondiale è una competizione particolare e il fatto di non essere tra i favoriti non mi preoccupa. E’ sempre stato così. Le mie favorite? In questo momento Brasile e Spagna“.

“It is clear that we want to go far, if possible, all the way to the final. The World Cup is a special competition and the fact that we aren’t among the favorites doesn’t worry me. It has always been like this. My favorites? At this moment, Brazil and Spain.”

Old Azzurri Team

Non siamo noi la squadra più anziana del Mondiale. Sono rimasti solo nove del 2006, non ho mai visto una nazionale campione del mondo che ha cambiato tutti e 23. Ma comunque abbiamo cambiato delle cose rispetto a 4 anni fa“.

“We aren’t the oldest side at the World Cup. Only nine remain from our team of 2006. I have never seen a defending World Cup team that changed all 23 players. But anyway, we have changed things in respect to four years ago.”

Altitude Training

Dalla preparazione al Sestriere alle recenti amichevoli, abbiamo seguito un programma definito. Quella pesantezza di gambe patita contro il Messico era destinata a sparire col tempo, lo avete visto anche oggi in allenamento, i ragazzi stanno bene. Questo non significa che vinceremo tutte le partite, ma che abbiamo fatto quello che volevamo fare“.

“From the preparation at Sestriere (a mountain region where the alpine events of the 2006 Olympics took place) to the recent friendlies, we have followed a definite program. That heaviness in the legs against Mexico (last week in Brussels) was destined to go away in time. You saw it yesterday in training that the lads are fine. This doesn’t mean that we will win all the matches but that we have done what we wanted to do.”

The Azzurri training in Irene, South Africa

The Azzurri training in Irene, South Africa


Injured Players

Credo che lunedì prossimo i nostri giocatori saranno tutti disponibili, tranne Pirlo. Marchisio ha preso una botta contro il Messico, non è al massimo, ma è recuperabile, come Camoranesi. E’ qui perchè abbiamo tutti la convinzione che possa recuperare anche già per la terza partita“.

“I believe that by next Monday, all our players, except Andrea Pirlo, will be available. Claudio Marchisio took a knock against Mexico. He’s not at his best but will recover, just like Mauro Camoranesi. Pirlo is here because we have all the conviction that he can recover by the third group game (against Slovakia in Johannesburg).”

Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 9 June 2010.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, editor and translator from Washington, D.C. He writes the World Football Commentaries blog. He has written for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Italian soccer school), Football Media, Keeper Skool and Soccerlens.

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  1. BD Condell 11 June, 2010