Conte snaps back at critics after Juventus opener against Napoli

A bouncing Antonio Conte was happy to snap back at the media after Juventus' 3-0 win over Napoli.

A bouncing Antonio Conte was happy to snap back at the media after Juventus' 3-0 win over Napoli.

Conte slammed the media for asking about the opening goal, as Fernando Llorente was marginally offside – measured using replays at just 23cm.

“The linesman needed a magnifying glass to see that, as he was 23cm offside. I find it sad that after a game we played so well for 90 minutes and won 3-0, the first thing I’m asked is about a marginal offside call. It is reductive to the performance of the team and I am truly disappointed.

“You expect the start to be compliments for a fine performance or any other question about tactics, players and situations. I say that after 90 seconds we could’ve been 2-0 up, as Pepe Reina needed a great save even before the goal and he was Man of the Match.

“Juventus have a strong squad, as do Napoli. We have organisation and players who give their best within that organisation. We won on every level tonight and the lads were extraordinary to do what I asked for. Only a blind man couldn’t see what was so obvious this evening.

“This is our third year as protagonists, yet we always hear talk about referees or wait for the tiniest opportunity to say Juventus are sated or not as good as they were – but we’re still here. It’s not easy to stay near the top of a League that has improved exponentially.

“A Coach has to be a fine psychologist and think the way players think. I said it would be tough for us this year, as the others have everything to gain and we have it all to lose. That’s why I said whoever doesn’t win has failed.

“Everyone praises the other teams, but Juventus are always up there. It’s tough – for us and for everyone else.”

 
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