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'Coaching in Italy is hell'

  • AFP, Sunday, February 27, 2011 1:34 AM

Claudio Ranieri, who resigned as Roma coach earlier this month, said coaching in Italy was "hell."

"In soccer there is heaven and hell," said the Italian who coached in Spain (Valencia and Atletico Madrid) and England (Chelsea) and spent the last 18 months with his hometown club. "You can decide where you want to stand between the two but compared to England, it's hell here. This year at Roma I became the only scapegoat but now there's them, the players, who must show everything."

Ranieri's criticism of of certain Roma players will have many assuming to be a particular jab at club captain Francesco Totti, who was often on the bench and stormed off down the tunnel earlier this season having been substituted in one game

"I wasn't a great player but my motto was 'never give up,'" said Ranieri "That's like the English spirit, the players are lions and you have to hold them back. Here, this year with Roma I was disappointed that not every player had this spirit."

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