Italy national team manager Marcello Lippi has launched a surprising, though understandable attack at Serie A champions Inter Milan. The World-cup winner was quoted as saying that: “Inter are a great squad, but they cannot be taken as an example of Italian football because they are all foreign,” and “There wasn’t a single Italian in the side that beat Chelsea. Italian football is made from Italian players and Italian tacticians.”

He makes a very obvious point, though this is hardly anything new. Arsenal also have few English players besides Walcott in their team, and often go out in Europe without a single English representative themselves. That is why it is sometimes a bit funny when the media or people describe clashes in the Champions League as, say, “an English vs. Italian side”, when hardly anyone in their respective teams is from that country. A much more accurate description would be “a Premiership vs. Serie A” side, though I suppose this is just terminology in the end.

It would be good for football, I believe, if something was done about this, though. As many national leagues have already done, European competitions must also implement a law in which a certain number of your starting team or squad need to be representatives of the country the club competes in. It wouldn’t bring about any huge changes, but I do feel it would simply be more proper, and would force big clubs to think more about developing local players than just buying the next world star.


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