Capello: No Irish disrespect

Northern Ireland face Russia on Wednesday night in their rearranged World Cup qualifier and Fabio Capello has responded to accusations he has been disrespectful to tonight's opponents.

Last Updated: 14/08/13 at 19:08 Post Comment

Fabio Capello: 'I respect all the teams always'

Fabio Capello: 'I respect all the teams always'

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Russia are second in group F, two points behind leaders Portugal but with two games in hand ahead of the game, which is live on Sky Sports 3 from 7.30.

When Northern Ireland played in Moscow last September, Capello wrote off Michael O'Neill's team and was quoted as saying: "We do only have two strikers and we will maybe call one up for the next game, but it's only Northern Ireland and I expect us to be fit enough against them."

But speaking ahead of the game in Belfast, Capello told Sky Sports News: "Look, I respect all the teams - always.

"And I respect the other manager. If I didn't select new players, it was because I thought that the players I had were good and good enough. If someone was better, I would have selected them before.

"The players that stayed at home weren't as good as the players that I selected."

The former England boss added: "The crucial moment has come. I think that everyone realises the significance of the upcoming match, its result will really have a great impact on the final group standing.

"Northern Ireland tend to play in a very compact way in defence with a great

number of players.

"They are a physically strong, athletic team and can be very dangerous in counter attacks. That is why it is important not to lose concentration."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company