Serie A - Rossi slates Serie A
And he is certain that the travails of the Italian national team in recent seasons are the price of the domestic game’s problems.
"In recent years Italian clubs have gone in search of more physical players and they are paying for it," Rossi said ahead of Villarreal’s Europa League last-32 second-leg with Napoli.
"Football has changed and the teams who win are those that keep the ball.
"(Italy coach) Cesare Prandelli is on the right track and is trying to make the changes needed."
All three Italian teams lost their home Champions League last-16 first legs in the past week, with Milan and Inter going down 1-0 to Bayern Munich and Tottenham and Roma losing 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Villarreal and Napoli drew 0-0 in the first leg in Italy.
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