Lippi defends Brocchi outburst

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Marcello Lippi has expressed solidarity with Cristian Brocchi, following reports that the coach exploded at his Milan players on the weekend.

Italy’s World Cup-winning coach trivialised the interim Milan boss’ reported hour-long outburst at his players after their 3-1 home defeat to Roma this weekend.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports Brocchi as having accused his players of having “no dignity, no balls” and that they were “made fools of”.

In an interview with Radio 2, Lippi discussed the frustrated coach’s actions, claiming that such an eruption of emotion can happen in a dressing room.

“These kind of phrases are outbursts that can come out, especially for a young coach,” Lippi said.

“Brocchi was hoping to do something different, and he wanted to show his qualities because he has a lot of them.

“He felt betrayed, and in that context of a team talk, he also came out with that phrase. I’ve said worse.

“I don’t know if an outlet like that will improve or worsen the situation of the team.

“If there’s mutual respect between the players and the coach it’ll have no effect. If that esteem is there it won’t have negative consequences.”

Brocchi’s embattled Rossoneri ended the Serie A season in seventh place, meaning that their only remaining route into Europe next season will be to beat Scudetto champions Juventus in the Coppa Italia final on 21 May.