Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has spoken about his dreams and aspirations for his new career as a manager, in which he hopes to some day coach the Nazionale.
As a player, the 40-year-old was able to write a magnificent history with the Azzurro jersey, considering that he is the second all-time most capped player, only behind his friend Gianluigi Buffon, and, most importantly, he was the captain of the group that won the World Cup in 2006, same year in which he was also awarded the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player.
“My biggest dream as a coach is to manage the Azzurri,” he told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“Whenever you start a career, it is more than fair to dream and to aspire to the highest. For me, the Italian national team is the highest achievement for a coach, considering its great history and the fact that it is only behind Brazil in World Cup titles.”
“Of course, I am not saying I want to do this now, especially because at this moment there are many other managers that would do a better job than me. Certainly, this is something I dream of for the future.”
Cannavaro also spoke about Cesare Prandelli’s possibilities of doing well in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. He believes that success will be determined by the reaction the players will have in the most difficult moments.
“This Italy has significantly improved in the last years and has the merit of qualifying to the tournament with two games ahead. Prandelli is very good at keeping the players motivated by speaking to them at all times. Time will tell us if he will have the same destiny as Lippi.”
In addition, Cannavaro also praised the great job performed by Antonio Conte at Juventus, that allowed him to be awarded as the Best Coach of the Year by the Award Globe Soccer.
“Conte totally deserves this prize, not as much for the titles won, but mainly because of well he revolutionized the Bianconeri, by giving them a strong mentality and playing system.”
The former defender also admitted that he would give the Ballon d’Or to Franck Ribery, who was the star of the historic triumphs of Bayern Munich. However, he believes that the final winner will be Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Napoli? It is a great team, characterized by fast players that could of course struggle in heavy fields. Now that they don’t have the pressure of the Champions League, they will be able to pick their game up and achieve important results again. About my brother Paolo, it is better not to make any comments, I will keep my thoughts to myself,” he concluded.