Roma boss Zdenek Zeman has questioned Juventus’ decision to hand goalkeeper Coach Claudio Filippi the Press conference duties ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Massimo Carrera has done all of the pre-game media work this season while Antonio Conte is banned, but the Turin giants have opted to keep him quiet to lessen the tension ahead of such a high-profile match against Zeman’s Roma.
“It’s a question of style,” the Czech remarked at Trigoria. “I think that people would like to hear from those who have a direct interest in these games like Carrera.”
Zeman is an unpopular figure amongst the Bianconero faithful after a career in which he’s made some controversial comments and allegations against the club.
“I haven’t done Juventus any damage,” he insisted. “ They need to look elsewhere…
“I’m not scared by the trip to Turin. I have already returned there while I was with Lecce.
“I didn’t get the nicest of receptions, I was insulted for the whole game. I informed the Federation of that. It seems odd that racists boos are fined, but nothing happens for 90 minutes of insults.”
Zeman admitted that Juventus will be a tough side to break down, but was confident that his team have want is needed to give them a game.
“It’s a stimulating match,” he added. “But nothing changes for me as there are still three points on offer.
“They are strong, they are a team and are currently the best in the championship.
“We have to try to show that we have skills too, that we are competitive and that we can cause them problems.
“They are unbeaten for 44 games in the League, but they have one head, two arms and two legs!”
Roma have had a difficult start to the season with just two wins from five games – and one of those was as a consequence of the postponed Cagliari tie. That has led to suggestions that Zeman’s side are too predictable.
“But against Sampdoria we had 24 shots and they had just two,” he retorted. “If I was so well known then they wouldn’t have allowed us so many opportunities.
“We’ve never struggled against anyone in terms of how we play football this season, but we have made our opponents suffer.
“Fans expect us to win 6-0, but we play football and I don’t see any problems.”