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Saturday 27 April, 2002



Fabio Capello has put the blame for Roma’s disappointing season squarely on the strikers, although the Giallorossi could still retain their title.


“This year the forwards did not score as freely as in previous campaigns,” commented the Coach at an official press conference.

“If we had scored half of the chances we have created then we would not be here discussing our chances of rescuing second or even first place.”


These barbed accusations come at a curious time, as rumours continue to circulate that Gabriel Batistuta and Vincenzo Montella will be sold this summer.


The Argentine has one year left on his contract so it is to be expected that Roma will part company with the former Viola man in order to make a profit.

Premiership clubs, above all Chelsea and Fulham, are ready to make his departure worth their while.


There have also been suggestions that Montella could move to Milan in exchange for Andriy Shevchenko.


Unusually, Capello took the blame off the ex-Sampdoria striker despite using him sparingly during these last two seasons.


“The whole team played very good football,” explained the tactician, “and always created plenty of chances, but the problem of turning them into goals continued until Montella returned from injury.”


The blame has been laid clearly at the door of Batistuta. This season Francesco Totti has netted six goals – an unusually high number for the captain – while Marco Delvecchio has been used more as a midfielder than a hitman.


Last year Batigol hit the back of the net 20 times on the way to Roma’s first Scudetto for 18 years. This season he has scored only six.


In the absence of the injured Totti and suspended Vincent Candela, Batistuta will have one last chance to earn Capello’s forgiveness with a goal against Chievo tomorrow afternoon.


It may well be Batistuta’s last match at the Stadio Olimpico and with him teammates Aldair, Antonio Carlos Zago, Gianni Guigou, Diego Fuser and Sebastiano Siviglia will also most likely salute the crowd.


The Giallorossi have one more reason to be hopeful of a win against the Flying Donkeys. As Capello is suspended from the touchline, Italo Galbiati will be on the bench. Roma have won each and every one of their games with the assistant manager in charge.


“I won’t have people saying Galbiati is some sort of good luck charm,” warned Capello. “He is an excellent Coach who knows how to deal with any team at his disposal."

"We have worked together for many years and he is fully aware of how to do his job well without the need for luck.”
 

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Capello is right and because of the shortage of goals, Roma got many draws this year against the little teams.
 

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yep for sure. i think if bati had a better season things would of changed. but whatever at least they won the title last year and made a great at the title once again this year. not to mention getting some props on the way with a great champions league campaign that ended a little short but they still housed on barca and look where their at.
 

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And if ya coach had stuck to the 3-4-1-2 formation there prob would have been alot more goals it was that crappy 3-5-1-1 that cost you guys the title as well.
Its the coaches fault as well he played a dibby defensive tactics and got caught out at times and thats what cost u the title.
 

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And if ya coach had stuck to the 3-4-1-2 formation there prob would have been alot more goals it was that crappy 3-5-1-1 that cost you guys the title as well.
Its the coaches fault as well he played a dibby defensive tactics and got caught out at times and thats what cost u the title.
Yep, Capello really blew it with that stupid 3-5-1-1.

Capello is responsible too, but he will never accept his part of the fault.
 

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you both stole those words from my mouth.
capello is to be blame as well. you cant leave bati alone in the up front, just with totti who always wants to shine and make of him the superstar.
so keep totti as a pure playmaker and put bati + montella duo in the up front.
 

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Are we forgetting something very important here? Do you even remember why Capello had to come up with the very much hated 3-5-1-1? Because Montella and Batisuta were BOTH out injured and Roma had to play without any centerforwards for about 2 months. For about 2 months we had NO centerforwards to play with since Delvecchio is a left winger and Totti is a playmaker. That is why Capello had to work with what he had at his disposal.


Remember all those CL and Serie A matches where Roma had to play like this because we had no centreforwards to play?


Antonioli

Zebina Samuel Panucci

Cafu Assuncao Emerson Lima Candela


Totti


Delvecchio



We had to play many games with this lineup, what else could Capello do with BOTH Montella AND Batistuta injured at the same time and no other centerforwards at his disposal on the bench? Nothing else.
 
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