Fabio Capello had some explaining to do last night, for both the England performance and also his own team selection and substitutions which seemed off the mark.
Fabio Capello – will now change the system?
Capello has played a 4-4-2 system for England and since we have stopped winning, it has led to criticism from some sections of the gossip press, but it could be that Fabio will alter the system for England’s last chance to qualify next Wednesday against the impressive looking Slovenia side.
And the Italian manager has hinted he could make changes to his team for the Slovenia vital game.
Capello said after the game last night:
“The team did not play with the spirit that I like. I can change, I will try to do something different.” “We did not win the back the ball quick enough. We played without pressure.”
“We did not play well. We missed easy passes. We have to play another game, and we hope we will be happy.”
Capello was asked if he thought it was the pressure on the England side that was the reason his side are finding it hard to perform, and they seem scared stiff in case they make a mistake.
“I don’t know if it is pressure or just not a good moment.” “It was not the same team that I know, the team that I know when we train. Maybe due to the pressure.”
“I hope not because of fear.” “It will not be difficult to lift the team. It will be the last chance that we have to go forward.”
“The players know what they have to do.”
If England do not qualify for the final 16, there will be huge questions about why the FA signed a two year extension of Capello’s £6M a year contract as England manager, before the World Cup finals started.
But Capello’s a good manager, and to us the thing the England players need most before next Wednesday is not more training – they need to have a few sessions with a psychiatrist, to try to overcome their massive fear of failure.