Andrea Agnelli has revealed why Juventus imposed a media blackout in the aftermath of their 0-0 draw at Genoa on Sunday.
The Bianconeri dropped points in Week 27 for the sixth game from the last eight played, despite hitting the frame of the goal on three occasions against the Grifone and seeing Simone Pepe’s goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Immediately after the game, the players and coaching staff refused to speak to the Press - an action that President Agnelli has looked to explain in a news conference on Monday evening.
“We took a moment for reflection. Some of the thoughts we had previously expressed in the recent past have attracted much attention, so we felt a day of reflection would to well. This morning was the usual opportunity for us to take stock.
“With Milan there is a healthy sporting rivalry and I think it’s great and right. Between the two clubs there has also been great political convergence.
“We knew that to return Juventus to success would take a great effort and we now realise that we must be able to fight against everything and everyone, conscious that our strength is sufficient enough to get results.
“Did we pay for [Antonio] Conte’s outburst after Parma? I do not think so, because from this point of view you can say that Juve have paid from the first week.
“Are Juve angry? No, this is a Juve of fun, that appeals to the fans who make us proud, this is a Juve that is doing its job, which is to compete to win.”
The club confirmed that the news blackout for the players will continue, with only the directors talking to the Press this week, whilst Coach Conte is expected to hold his pre-game Press conference later in the week as usual in the run-up to the Fiorentina game.