Saturday August 25 2012
Carrera: 'I made my decisions'

Stand-in Coach Massimo Carrera assures he “did not need” Antonio Conte’s advice to deal with Juventus-Parma.

He is on the touchline during Conte’s 10-month ban in the betting scandal and oversaw tonight’s 2-0 Serie A victory.

“My role is to deal with a football team, even if at times one has to raise his voice,” said Carrera of the half-time talk.

“Conte has great charisma and is a great Coach who fires up his men. I try to transmit that passion to the players on the field. I’ve been working with him for a year, so I know how he thinks and we continually exchange views.

“I left my phone on the team bus, so I haven’t heard from Conte during the game and made my own decisions.”

However, during his ban Conte is not allowed to communicate with Carrera on match day, even if he is in control of day-to-day training.

“What does my future hold? For the moment I am replacing my Coach on the touchline. I want to be his collaborator, then we’ll see.

“I did get a little angry with Mirko Vucinic when we conceded a counter-attack after his error, but we cleared the air immediately.”

There was an early scare when Arturo Vidal fired a poor penalty straight at the goalkeeper.

“Vidal wanted to take the penalty because he felt ready. Kwadwo Asamoah was a smart buy and the fact he started tonight proves that.”