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Cannavaro impressed with Mourinho and Diego

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro said on Thursday he has been impressed with two new additions to Serie A since he himself left the championship in 2006. Cannavaro is back with Juventus this season after spending three years with Real Madrid.

sports Updated: Sep 04, 2009 00:36 IST

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro said on Thursday he has been impressed with two new additions to Serie A since he himself left the championship in 2006.

Cannavaro is back with Juventus this season after spending three years with Real Madrid, whom he joined after Juve were relegated to Serie A for match-fixing.

Since he left Jose Mourinho has joined Inter Milan as coach and just before his return to Turin, Brazilian playmaker Diego also joined the club known as the 'Old Lady'.

And it is those two characters that have most impressed the veteran World Cup winning captain and former world player of the year.

"I like Mourinho because he is intelligent. When his team are in difficulty he's very good at focussing the attention on himself," said Cannavaro.

"What I don't like is that when he talks it seems like it's the law. Maybe that's because, especially when there's little to write about, the media is happy to give him prominence."

Cannavaro has been even more pleased with his team's new star Diego, who he believes is destined to emulate his own individual achievements.

"He is an atypical attacking midfielder, he's difficult to knock off the ball, it shows that he's played in Germany," he said of the former Werder Bremen player.

"He's very good at playing in the spaces, with him teams are going to have to go back to man-marking.

"I hope that in a year's time he wins the Golden Ball."

That was an award that Cannavaro himself won in 2006 following Italy's World Cup triumph.