Susy Campanale rounds up the week’s oddest comments, including superstitious Pepe Reina, the duties of an assistant manager and why it really is Max Allegri’s fault.
“I have some things that I must respect before every game, otherwise I can’t stay calm and concentrated. At Liverpool I’d go to the same petrol station before the match. Now I drink a glass of wine the night before I play. You must think me crazy, but I believe in it!”
Pepe Reina just tells people it’s a superstition so he can keep drinking wine
“We played the way the Coach wanted us to and how we had prepared this match in training.”
Sulley Muntari lets slip it really is Massimiliano Allegri’s fault
“Usually Angelo Alessio holds me up when I celebrate, but this time he didn’t hold me and we both fell over!”
Antonio Conte expands the job description of an assistant manager
“There is a storm at sea right now, but there are some excellent sailors at Milan.”
Giovanni Trapattoni could’ve said the same about the crew of the Titanic
“To acclaim, by often exaggerating, and soon after start doubting everything or destroying, is part of our culture. It is just as well that each of us is well balanced, has their own security, otherwise we’d end up on the psychiatrist’s couch.”
Gianluigi Buffon could be found officiating Id vs. Superego on his brain-turf
“Maurizio Zamparini knows nothing about football. He doesn’t understand it at all and he’s a hypocrite too.”
So Gennaro Gattuso won’t be getting a Palermo recall, then...
“I will always remember the fierce protests at Trigoria after a defeat away to Atalanta, again in the Coppa Italia. We went on to win the title...”
Fabio Capello reveals the secret of Roma success – terrified players
“To be honest, I was pretty confident we’d get a result. Sven Goran Eriksson’s Lazio had nine wins in a row and I interrupted them at Cagliari.”
After ending Roma’s 10-match winning streak, Giampiero Ventura confirms his status as Serie A’s top party pooper
“Milan are practically part of the family now! We have met many times in recent years.”
Dani Alves sees them as the red and black sheep of the family
“I always try to put players in the roles they are most suited to.”
So why doesn’t Allegri put Kevin Constant on the bench?
“Now I have discovered he hails from the planet Krypton and will play for another four or five years.”
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, says Massimo Moratti, it’s Javier Zanetti!
“Someone like him is born once every one thousand years.”
Francesco Bardi warns it’ll be a long wait for the ‘new Buffon’