What possesses a man who has reached the pinnacle of his chosen profession to try do it again?
Like Muhamad Ali & his ill-advised comebacks post-Rumble In The Jungle, Marcello Lippi looked very much like a battered & beaten prize fighter after their devastating defeat to Slovakia this morning.
Lippi had been awarded the highest civil honour in his homeland fer his part in bringing the Copa Mundial back to Italy fer the third time. Winning this trophy as a coach/manager is pretty much a once-in-a-fooking-lifetime thing (unless, of course, yer Mario Zagallo), so wot made him come back & try to recapture a glory with a visibly tired & old team?
He has admitted he did not think they would win it this time round so why tarnish his near impeccable credentials?
Ego or responding to his sense of patriotic duty? Would love to read wot ye guys think of this inglorious failure.