Thursday, March 18, 2010

What about Inter Milan Mr. Lippi

The Star
Thursday March 18, 2010

English teams ‘not English’, says Lippi

ROME: Italy coach Marcello Lippi has played down the Champions League dominance of Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United by claiming that they are not really English.

An English team have reached the final of Europe’s premier Cup competition for the last five years in a row, while Liverpool and United tasted glory in the tournament in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

Italian sides, by contrast, have enjoyed flagging fortunes of late.

AC Milan are the only Serie A club to have won the tournament this decade and Inter Milan, who beat Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate in the last-16 tie on Tuesday, are the only Italian representatives in this year’s quarter-finals.

“English football is represented by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal,” said Lippi.

“These teams have foreign owners, foreign coaches and most of their players are foreign. What’s English about them? Not much.” — AFP

Ok now let us go to Italy and check the Italian teams

Toldo Francesco - Italy
Soares de Espindola Julio Cesar - Brazil
Orlandoni Paolo - Italy
Belec Vid - Slovenia

Cordoba Ivan Ramiro - Columbia
Zanetti Javier - Argentina
Da Silva Ferreira Lucimar Lucio - Brazil
Sisenando Maicon Douglas - Brazil
Materazzi Marco - Italy
Samuel Walter Adrian - Argentina
Chivu Cristian - Romania
Santon Davide - Italy

Stankovic Dejan - Serbia
Andrade Quaresma Bernardo Ricardo - Portugal
Motta Thiago - Brazil
Sneijder Wesley - Holland
Muntari Sulley Ali - Ghana
Krhin Rene – Slovenia
MacDonald Mariga Wanyama - Kenya
Cambiasso Esteban Matias - Argentina

Samuel Eto'o Fils - Cameroon
Milito Diego Alberto - Argentina
Pandev Goran - Macedonia
Barwuah Balotelli Mario - Italy
Arnautovic Marko – Austria

Coach: Jose Mourinho

First Eleven (latest line up against Chelski in UCL second leg): Cesar, Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Maicon, Motta, Cambiasso, Sneijder, Pandev, Milito and Eto’o.

Hmm no Italian


Dida - Brazil
Christian Abbiati - Italy
Flavio Roma - Italy
Filippo Perucchini - Italy

Kakha Kaladze - Georgia
Oguchi Onyewu - United States
Alessandro Nesta - Italy
Gianluca Zambrotta - Italy
Marek Jankulovski - Czech
Giuseppe Favalli - Italy
Daniele Bonera - Italy
Thiago Silva - Brazil
Massimo Oddo - Italy
Andrea De Vito - Italy
Luca Antonini - Italy

Gennaro Gattuso - Italy
Clarence Seedorf - Holland
Mathieu Flamini - French
Ignazio Abate - Italy
Andrea Pirlo -Italy
Massimo Ambrosini - Italy
Mancini - Brazil
David Beckham - England
Rodney Strasser - Sierra Leone
Alexander Merkel - German
Ronaldinho - Brazil

Alexandre Pato - Brazil
Filippo Inzaghi - Italy
Klaas Jan Huntelaar - Holland
GianMarco Zigoni - Italy
Marco Borriello - Italy
Simone Verdi - Italy
Dominic Adiyiah - Ghana

Coach: Leonardo
First Eleven (latest line up against Man United in UCL second leg): Abbiati,Thiago Silva, Bonera, Jankulovski, Abate, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Flamini, Ronaldinho, Boriello and Huntelaar.

This is Italian side. Six Italian made it at the first eleven. United only had four Englishman as first eleven in that game. So your are right Mr Lippi. Your statement was not based on jealousy.

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