Ten points from the next six games, however, left Chinese fans asking what might have happened had Lippi
taken over sooner, although the 69-year-old has no time for hypotheticals.
Author for correspondence: Professor Giuseppe Lippi
According to China Daily, Lippi
expressed that winning an international title like the AFC Champions League is very important to Guangzhou as well as to China, adding that their glory is a kind of confirmation to the soccer level of the whole country.
has been touted as a possible replacement for Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese under increasing pressure following a poor start to the Primera Division season that has seen the reigning champions fall 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Cannavaro, 38, who lifted the 2006 Fifa World Cup for Italy under Lippi
and followed then-Juventus manager Capello to Real Madrid shortly after, said: "Capello and Lippi
have considerable experience and possess almost everything as coaches.
, who guided the Azzurri to their fourth World Cup triumph in 2006, took the helm again for the 2010 finals in South Africa but the defending champions went out at the group stage without winning a game.
led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, but has been out of work since quitting as Azzurri coach after this year's finals.
After Italian football fans spent a frustrating afternoon watching their team crash out of the 2010 World Cup to debutants Slovakia, boss Marcello Lippi
has put his hands up.
We haven't been tormented by this wait, the confidence is there," said Lippi
I stopped you after your first words," Lippi
snapped when the journalist in question complained about the interruption.
would not reveal his starting XI for the clash with the South Americans but yesterday put his men through their paces in an 11-a-side practice match.
has rotated players and changed formations constantly without finding the formula and tonight's match against Paraguay in Cape Town has got draw written all over it.
30pm ITALY coach Marcello Lippi
has dropped the strongest hint yet that his country's best goalscorer will not start today's World Cup Group F opener with Paraguay.
The 31-year-old was this week described as "irreplaceable" by Italy boss Marcello Lippi
, but is set to miss at least the opening two games of the Azzurri's World Cup defence.
ROME: Italy s core of 2006 World Cup-winning players might have struggled for form and fitness all season but coach Marcello Lippi
is not fretting with two months to go to his aging side s title defense.