Saturday November 10 2012
Marotta: 'Conte's decision on Pogba'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta reveals Antonio Conte “made the decision” to punish Paul Pogba by dropping him.

The midfielder was left out of the squad for tonight’s trip to Pescara after he turned up late to two training sessions, but unusually the club confirmed the reason with a statement.

“There are some rules to be respected and the leader of the group, who is Antonio Conte, decided on this course of action. It is not punishment, but rather educational for a young player like Pogba,” said Marotta.

Pogba’s agent had bitterly criticised the club and suggested Conte was “unable” to handle a team at the highest level.

“Juventus are perfectly capable of making their own decisions for their players. Raiola does not know the situation.”

Lucio was expected to start tonight, but once again he is only on the bench.

“He is an experienced player who came here to give us a hand in case of emergencies. He always trains professionally and has never hinted he wants a transfer.

“Pescara are on paper an inferior side to Juventus, but the most difficulties usually come in these games. I am certain Conte has worked on the team psychologically and ensured we will not underestimate our opponents.”

Marotta also insisted there are “no negotiations with Pescara” for Juan Fernando Quintero.

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