Saturday August 11 2012
Marotta: 'Win for and by Conte'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta said the Italian Super Cup was “a victory by and for Antonio Conte.”

The Coach was in the stands in Beijing for the 4-2 win over Napoli due to a 10-month ban in the betting trial, replaced on the bench by Massimo Carrera.

“This is Conte’s victory, as he prepared in recent weeks an impeccable performance, while it was also a victory for Conte, as the players wanted to give him this success,” said Marotta.

Tempers ran high at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, as Goran Pandev and Juan Camilo Zuniga were sent off, prompting Napoli to boycott the presentation ceremony.

“I only know President Aurelio De Laurentiis said he wouldn’t participate,” shrugged Marotta.

“I think it was a valid victory. The match was refereed by six officials, so there couldn’t be more eyes on the field. My only doubt is with the penalty, but other than that the decisions seemed perfectly fair.

“Don’t forget we didn’t complain in the Coppa Italia Final when there was an incident on Claudio Marchisio.”

Marotta had pledged to bring a ‘top player’ to Turin for the Champions League squad.

“The definition ‘top player’ is vague. For example, how would we describe Kwadwo Asamoah, who scored a great goal today?

“Or Andrea Pirlo, Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco? We are looking at the market, but this squad deservedly won the Scudetto and the Super Cup.”