Monday May 5 2014
Prandelli on Juve, Roma & Cup chaos

Cesare Prandelli has congratulated Juventus after they claimed their third successive title on Sunday.

Catania’s win over Roma yesterday meant the Bianconeri maintained their eight-point lead with just two Giallorossi matches to go.

As such, Antonio Conte’s men could celebrate their 30th official title – an achievement the national team Coach has commented upon.

“Congratulations to Juventus,” he told Radio Rai. “Conte and the player should be proud.

“Despite the pressures, they have won a deserved title. Well done, also, to Roma, who have fought right until the end.

“Our League, after all, isn’t so bad! Roma have been able to find a philosophy this season, which is interesting for the future.”

The Azzurri tactician then commented on Saturday’s Coppa Italia Final between Napoli and Fiorentina, which was delayed by nearly an hour after shootings outside the ground.

“The stadium must be a proactive place where there are no threats. The game must be the spectacle, nothing else.

“This episode does not represent our game. Now, our task is to raise our image to the world.

“We Italians are like this – we need to touch the bottom, and then we can go up. We really can be the best.”

Prandelli also remarked on Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, who consulted with the club’s ultras before the match.

“That episode under the Curva should be avoided. The main thing should be the game and the players.

“The event is the match, not the spectators. An announcement to explain the situation should have come across in the stadium.”

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