Saturday August 25 2012
Marotta: 'Tough to buy for Juve'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta hit back at Zdenek Zeman and Walter Mazzarri, then revealed “there aren’t many easily available players.”

The transfer guru spoke ahead of tonight’s Serie A opener against Parma in Turin.

“We are the team to beat, as we have the Scudetto on our shirts, so we must be motivated and read the games well, seeing as everyone will give their best against us,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

Bids for a star striker have included Robin Van Persie, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and now Fernando Llorente, but time is running out.

“It’s not easy to operate on the market, as there aren’t many easily available players, but we’ll see. Marco Borriello? He is a Roma player and we are not in talks.”

Coach Antonio Conte is in the stands due to his 10-month touchline ban in the match-fixing scandal.

The suspension and his protests against it have sparked comments from Roma boss Zeman and Napoli tactician Mazzarri, who suggested he ought to receive another ban for criticising the sporting justice system.

“I choose to ignore the insulting comments from Zeman and Mazzarri. Instead I’d like to say that I understand Conte’s bitterness at what he is facing. He was cleared of a shocking accusation, which pushed him to speak in a Press conference.

“He is very direct, but stayed within the rules and did not insult anyone. I feel there ought to be an immediate reform of the sporting justice system, because the stakes are very high. If Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe had been banned, it would’ve cost the club €25m, so they have to be certain when deciding on a verdict.”