Saturday January 11 2014
Zola: 'Conte is Juve's Sir Alex'

Gianfranco Zola has advised Antonio Conte to try a management experience abroad, even if “he can be Juve’s Sir Alex Ferguson.”

The former Watford manager spoke to Tuttosport about Conte’s prospects in Serie A and beyond.

“Conte has everything it takes to become Juve’s Ferguson, but with my experience I’d advise him to test himself abroad. I think sooner or later he will go.

“Juventus are wise to keep hold of Paul Pogba, though everyone has a price. If I were Tottenham, I wouldn’t have sold Gareth Bale, but then faced with €100m your mind can change...”

Zola countered Juve during Parma’s golden years and then moved to Chelsea, but reveals he could’ve worn the Bianconeri jersey.

“When I was at Chelsea the possibility of going to the Bianconeri was floated, but nothing came from it. Therefore, having finished my Premier League experience, I decided to spend my final years at Cagliari.”

Juve travel to Zola’s hometown club on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“Football is unpredictable, but stopping Juventus at the moment, even if just for one game, is an arduous task.

“It’s also a terrible shame that only 5,000 fans are allowed into the Stadio Sant’Elia. This is not the way to revive people’s enthusiasm for the sport. At least Cagliari are by now accustomed to playing in these conditions.”

The Sant’Elia is undergoing restructuring work and local authorities have set a safety limit of 5,000 in the stands.

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