Juventus coach lashes out at Capello
Juventus coach Antonio Conte lashed out Sunday at Russia coach Fabio Capello by claiming the abiding memory of the latter's spell at the club is the two titles of which the Serie A giants were stripped.
A number of Conte's decisions and team choices have come under scrutiny in recent weeks as the Juve handler juggles their bid for a third consecutive scudetto with the Old Lady's ambitions in the Europa League.
But a candid interview given by Capello to La Gazzetta dello Sport, in which the veteran coach claimed Juve had scant chance of succeeding in the Champions League, has sparked Conte's ire.
"Someone who makes these kinds of comments is annoying and disrespectful to a side that has shown exceptional form over the past two seasons," Conte told Sky Sport Italia after his side's 3-1 home win against struggling Chievo took their lead over Roma to 12 points, although the latter have a game in hand and host Sampdoria later Sunday.
"What I most remember from Capello's time at the club is two titles, not so stylish football, and those two titles being revoked."
Juventus crashed out of the Champions League earlier this season, failing to make the last 16 having made it to the quarter-finals last year before being ousted by eventual winners Bayern Munich.
In the interview earlier this week Capello suggested Juve, like other Italian teams, could not live up to the big guns in Europe because of a lack of competition in Serie A.
"There's no competition for them in Serie A, so they're not really pushed," said Capello.
"Last summer Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli all sold their best players to foreign teams... whilst Juventus have just added quality."
Capello also questioned Conte's decision to strip Juve of a scheduled day off last Monday following a 2-2 draw with Verona when the champions conceded an equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time.
Conte added: "I don't like people trying to give lessons when they don't know the situation. They would do better worrying about the smell coming from their own houses."