Thursday September 27 2012
Zeman: Don't blame me, Juve

Roma boss Zdenek Zeman has cranked up the heat ahead of Saturday's visit to Juventus with some typically provocative comments.

There has been lingering resentment between the Czech and the Turin club ever since he accused them of doping in the nineties, and the rivalry will come to a head when he takes his side to the Juventus Stadium this weekend.

The tactician appeared on the programme Serie A live after the Giallorossi's 1-1 draw with Sampdoria last night, and was asked about the doping revelations made by ex-Inter midfielder Matias Almeyda in his new autobiography.

“Years ago I said there was doping in football,” said Zeman. “I have not read Almeyda's autobiography, but I'm not surprised. Now players are saying what I said. If they had done so before the problem would have been eliminated long ago.

The 65-year-old can expect a feisty reception in Turin, but is hoping things don't get out of hand.

“There are rumours, but I hope it is merely a game of football. If Juve fans are angry with me, they should be angry with the prosecutors, the courts, and so many other people.”

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