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Friday August 10 2012
Mock the Quotes: Moggi’s return

Antonio Conte gets his worst possible character witness and Aurelio De Laurentiis has a Chinese twist as Susy Campanale rounds up the week’s silliest statements.

“Conte is a man who wants to win the games and has nothing to do with the betting systems. I have known Antonio for 10 years and the very thought of him fixing games is out of the question.”

If there’s one person you don’t want as a character witness in a match-fixing trial, it’s probably Luciano Moggi

“I am happy to have brought Napoli here, as Italian football needs it.”

Yes, that is the same Aurelio De Laurentiis who until a week ago was trying desperately to cancel the Super Cup in Beijing

“In terms of communication, the FIGC is infantile and makes us look terrible on the international scene.”

This coming from De Laurentiis, the expert on spitting out his dummy

“At least I can relish the fact I’m saving money...”

Massimo Moratti moulds a pile of cash into the form of Lucas Moura

“In every locker room there are moments of tension, but it’s not as if in the Scudetto season we were all hugs and kisses. There are characters you need to be kind with and others who need to be thumped.”

Massimiliano Allegri takes the ‘carrot and very big stick’ approach

“We could’ve done better, but I guess I’m happy.”

Zdenek Zeman shrugs at Roma’s overly-defensive 13-0 win

“What would I do if Juventus called me? It’s those challenges, and those teams, that it would be difficult to say no to.”

Unlike, adds Fabio Cannavaro, staying with the side in Serie B

“I have often been told I’m too short to play football! But I’m hard-headed.”

Lorenzo Insigne has not one, but two handicaps

“Kaka? He can play in front of the defence, of course!”

After letting Andrea Pirlo go, Allegri shouldn’t even say that in jest

“Have any agents rung me today? I need to charge my phone, and I have no credit…”

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi takes cost-cutting measures seriously

“After the age of 30 when you start training for the first two weeks, it’s normal to have a few aches and pains, because the engine has to warm up again.”

Gigi Buffon needs an oil change

“Ibra and Cassano threatened to cut my Mohawk off a few times, but never got scissors in their hands. The girls really like it, so I keep it...”

Stephan El Shaarawy was Milan’s Fonz – don’t touch the hair

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Have your say...
I don't hold grudges towards any player that left the sinking boat in 06 (remember that at the time it looked even worse than just the one year spell at B it turned out to be). No one at that level can afford to be out of the spotlight for years, they must be selfish and think more about their careers. But those who stayed.. God how i love those guys.
on the 11th August, 2012 at 9:40am
DId Juve fans never forgave players for leaving in 2006?? One question I would ask is if Ibrahimovic were to re join Juve intead of PSG would he have been jeered??
on the 10th August, 2012 at 4:46pm
Too hard on Moggi. He was the best there was and ever will be. It is a shame, this is what he will be remembered for. Moggi is still top 3 in all time favorite men to be involved with Juventus according to all Juventini. Show a little more respect. CONTE APPEAL THAT VERDICT!!! Forza Juve!
on the 10th August, 2012 at 4:26pm
Haha, the one about Cannavaro is a very good one, Susy. I can't stop laughing!
on the 10th August, 2012 at 3:52pm

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