Saturday August 17 2013
Lotito: 'No Lazio-Juve peace talks'

Lazio President Claudio Lotito insists there’s “no need to make peace” with Juventus ahead of Sunday’s Italian Super Cup.

The two clubs battled publicly for weeks over the venue and date of this match, which was originally set to be in Beijing, until it was officially moved to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“I haven’t spoken to Andrea Agnelli recently,” Lotito told Tuttosport.

“In reality, we are not accustomed to speaking. For two Presidents like us, these situations are water under the bridge. There’s no need to make peace or exchange any particular handshakes before the game. There is no bellicose controversy going on.

“Unfortunately there was a disagreement over the issues of football, but the reciprocal respect is beyond doubt.”

Nonetheless, Lotito couldn’t resist aiming a sideswipe at the Bianconeri.

“My vision of football is more projected towards the future than Agnelli’s, so we see some things differently. In any case, there are no personal problems.

“I repeat, there was a confrontation around the organisation of the Super Cup, then the Lega Serie A ruled the optimal venue was the Stadio Olimpico, which is the home of the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) and the Nazionale, to give the trophy greater prestige. That is all.

“After winning two consecutive Scudetti, Juventus start out as favourites, but I hope Lazio can play at 100 per cent intensity. We don’t want to be sacrificial lambs.”

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