Fabio Capello [the two-time La Liga winner] has predicted that Real Madrid are favorites to win this 2016/17 season’s La Liga and Champions League trophies. He believes Los Blancos have everything it takes to achieve the goal.
Image: Fabio Capello
The famous tactician who enjoyed stints with Juventus, Milan, and Roma in his playing days as a midfielder, is backing his former employers Real Madrid to end Barcelona’s grip on the Primera Division and lift La Duodecima.
He gave his response when asked for his 2016-17 predictions by Corriere dello Sport, according to reports from Football Espana.
“In Spain and Europe, Real Madrid are favorites for their history, tradition and, quality of their players, even though I really like Bayern Munich this year,” the Italian said.
“[Zinedine] Zidane’s had time to learn. He was [Carlo] Ancelotti’s assistant and trained Real Madrid’s [Castilla] team.
“When he reached the bench at the Bernabeu, he knew how to go about his business.
“From the off, he was aware that Madrid weren’t just about the show and turned them into a competitive team. His knowledge of the club did the rest.
“There’s a difference between the Premier League and La Liga: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, [Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale, Luis Suarez, [Antoine] Griezmann …
“These players aren’t in England, although [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic’s move to United has shortened the distances.
“[Griezmann] is a fighter and not someone who surrenders. It’s painful for him to lose two finals, but he’ll get over that bump and prove he’s one of the best players in the world.
“In La Liga, we’ll see him even more pumped up.”
In his first five seasons as a manager, Capello won four Serie A titles with Milan, where he also won the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, defeating Barcelona 4–0 in a memorable final.
He then spent a year at Real Madrid, where he won the La Liga title at his first attempt, and in 2001 led Roma to their first league title in 18 years.
Capello also won two titles at Juventus (which were later stripped after the Calciopoli scandal), and in 2006 returned to Real Madrid, where he won another La Liga title.
Overall, he has won a major league championship in seven (or nine, counting the two revoked titles with Juventus) of his 16 seasons as a coach. He is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.