Monday, June 21, 2010

Capello Blames Pressure


I didn’t watch the Portugal-North Korea game because I was attending the KL Advanced Toastmasters club meeting – the last meeting for this term. Besides, I was the Timekeeper today. Oh well, I know I couldn’t watch every match, but I will certainly endeavor to select those matches that I am particularly keen on, especially those involving France, Germany and England.

And the news just came in that Chile beat Switzerland 1-0. BBC Sport reported that on one or two occasions, Chile even had 10 men permanently camped inside Switzerland's half – but they just couldn’t score until the 74th minute, that is.

England manager Fabio Capello – FA expects Capello to quit if England make early exit – gave a very unimaginative excuse when he blamed pressure for their stuttering World Cup campaign. "It is a mental thing. Absolutely. When you are under pressure, big pressure, sometimes the legs do not work normally," Capello told BBC Sport (Webpage http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8751854.stm, posted today). What BS! We are talking about experienced star-players such as Rooney, Lampard, Terry and Gerrard – if they cannot handle pressure and therefore, they are not performing, Capello should just sack them all! Or is he gutless?

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