Fabio Capello insists he “has nothing against” Antonio Conte after the two men traded insults through the media.
The Juventus Coach reacted furiously on Sunday to comments from the Russia manager regarding his man-management tactics, specifically the decision to revoke the team’s day off after a 2-2 draw.
“Conte is doing some very good things and proving all his worth,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia in an interview that was filmed just before the Juve tactician’s outburst.
“Everyone controls the group in the way they see best. I never said I was against the decisions he made. I was just asked a question about annulling the day off and replied I was against punitive methods. I don’t like people being punished for doing something wrong. I’ve never done that.
“Having said that, every Coach has the right to do what he things is best and knows his own players well. It is very difficult to understand the decisions of other Coaches if you don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors.
“I only said that I never punished a team. I didn’t say I was against Conte’s decision, nor do I have anything against him.”
However, the response from Capello could be considerably stronger after hearing what Conte had to say to various television stations on Sunday afternoon.