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Capello: I'm strong enough

21 Jun 2010 - 08:43:51

Fabio Capello has declared himself "strong enough" to cope with the pressure of England's make-or-break World Cup encounter with Slovenia.

England must win their final Group C encounter in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday following disappointing 1-1 and 0-0 draws with the United States and Algeria respectively in South Africa.

The pressure is mounting on the Three Lions amid talk of squad unrest and following Capello's previous assertion that the final of the tournament should be realistic target.

But despite a group-stage exit being a possibility after two lacklustre displays, the experienced Italian insists he is able to deal with the weight of expectation.

"I am strong enough to deal with it," he said. "It is no problem for me.

"I work hard and I prepare everything. That is important.

"Every morning I look in the mirror and ask whether I have worked and whether I have studied everything. Yes I have.

"For this reason I will accept the criticism and everything. I don't know what the result will be but I do know the result is the most important thing."

However, Capello has admitted that the dismal performance against Algeria in Friday's draw, which was greeted by derision from travelling England fans, has affected him.

"Yes, it almost feels like all the work of the last two years has been for nothing," he continued.

"I am not happy because we have worked hard for 20 days. You see all the things during the training. Then on the pitch it is completely different. As a manager, when that happens it is no good.

"I don't understand why during a game we don't change the rhythm or the speed. We are really slow.

"At this World Cup if you don't run or press or fight it is difficult to go forward."


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