Monday April 15 2019
'Juve had nine internationals!'

Leonardo Semplici has rubbished talk that Juventus distorted Serie A’s relegation battle with their XI against SPAL. “I saw nine internationals!”

Juve rested the majority of their regulars during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to SPAL, which moved Semplici’s side seven points clear of the drop zone but angered their rivals near the bottom.

“We had to be impeccable to face Juventus at such a special point in their season, so we’re happy to have brought these three very important points home,” the Coach told Radio Anch’io Sport.

“I read their team sheet and saw nine internationals, plus Bernardeschi who came on.They have little to do with the teams down the bottom.

“They have many players who are difficult to beat easily.Let’s say the moment helped us but not the line-up, which didn’t include any naive players.

“If we want to question the players present on the field were worse than those who are struggling to save themselves, we can say anything.

“It’s not the first time that a little team have beat a big team. It’s clear that when it happens, it means the big team were lacking something, but it’ll happen again in the future.

“It’s not an isolated case. Nine times out of 10 the big teams always win, but in Italian football it happens that the small sides beat the big sides.

“I don’t see any particular scandals, the moment counts for a lot and it can be an advantage when facing a team who aren’t fully focused.

“When these teams play at their maximum, they never lose.”

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