The Blues midfielder failed to deliver from the penalty spot for the second time in the qualifiers for World Cup, but the ex-Italy CT insisted that the star still deserves to be the Ballon d’Or winner.
drew the battle on Friday, with the Azzurri only ahead on goal differences before their last game in Group C.
following the 1-1 clash between Italy and Switzerland and he still thinks Roberto Mancini’s men will get a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Of course, I’m confident,”
Lippi told the outlet.
“It’s clear that a win would be better. But the useful results to resolve it are there and are in the strength of this team.
“This is a serene and intelligent group, including the coach. They know very well that the final result will be obtained anyway.”
missed three consecutive penalties for Italy and Lippi was quizzed whether he would have chosen the Italy international to take the spot-kick.
I have decided who should take the penalty three times in my career, in situations of great importance,”
“Twice it went well, another time it went badly.”
The midfielder is among the favorites to win the Ballon d’Or 2021 after contributing to the Champions League victory as well as the Euro 2020 and Lippi thinks Friday’s penalty should not prevent him from winning the award.
Despite the mistake from the penalty spot yesterday, I would give it to Jorginho,”
“He has won everything and when one wins everything, it’s right that he gets this recognition.
“There are great champions who have won little or nothing, then champions who have won everything and must be rewarded.”
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