Sunday July 20 2014
They Said What?!

Max Allegri understands the pain of Juventus fans, Dries Mertens opens a B&B and Adil Rami spoiler alert in Susy Campanale's quotes round-up.

“I understand the scepticism of the fans.”

But does Massimiliano Allegri also understand their rage, disbelief and feeling this is sporting suicide?

“We will start with the assumption that I have a great relationship with Andrea Pirlo.”

Allegri is the only one assuming that, and we include Pirlo in this group

“I’m even a bit rusty in Press conferences, because it’s six months since I have done one!”

That’s because Allegri was sacked in January

“Allegri is a Coach who has shown he can win every time he has been called to.”

Milan would disagree with Beppe Marotta’s assessment

“How will Juve do without Conte? The King is dead, long live the King. Coaches come and go.”

Yet Luciano Moggi survives everything, like a calcio cockroach

“Juve never pursued me, maybe I cost too much!”

That’s certainly one of the reasons, ex-Inter and Fiorentina boss Roberto Mancini

“Juve are the shame of Italy. Man of the match: Mazzoleni. #itstheonlywaytheycanwin . Oh just give a cigar and a hat to Conte and he becomes Al Pacino... Simply ridiculous!”

Allegri’s girlfriend Gloria Patrizi might regret posting those tweets during Milan-Juventus in 2012...

“I felt like Gladiator! Like Maximus, I went through a difficult moment and at the end I won.”

Adil Rami has forgotten how that movie ends... Spoiler alert!

“For me, the Seleçao is finished.”

Fred finally gives Brazil fans something to celebrate

“I want to remind everyone that in my three World Cups as Coach I always finished in the top four. I can’t sit here crying for the rest of my life.”

Nobody does bare-faced lack of regret like Felipao Scolari

“I would give heaven and earth to Leo. But when marketing people want him to win something he didn't deserve to win, it is unfair.”

Diego wades in on the ‘is Messi better than Maradona’ debate with a resounding vote for himself

“Shall I be diplomatic or tell you the truth? Listen, I was myself a little bit surprised when I saw Messi coming up for the Golden Ball.”

Sepp Blatter proves there is no situation in world football he cannot make even more unpleasant

“When I was in Belgium and knew I would be moving to Napoli, everyone told me it would be a bad experience, I would find a dirty city, poorly organised, with rundown architecture and people at the very least strange. It is not so and I want to say it publicly.”

Dries Mertens forgets the people of Naples are at the very least strange, but in a good way

“First, none of my family imagined coming here with me, now my home has become a hotel. I swear, now there are many here. And then it becomes difficult to make them go away… My whole family has been here, my brother as many as five times, more recently 14 friends of my fiancée, all together. I have been forced to leave my home, I went to sleep at Gonzalo Higuain’s.”

Chez Mertens now has its own entry on Tripadvisor

“Maybe British players are a little afraid to move abroad, they are accustomed to British culture and it is convenient to stay at home.”

Ashley Cole just wanted to live in a country where he was more famous than his ex-wife

“Of course, before accepting the Udinese job I made sure Antonio Di Natale was still here!”

Andrea Stramaccioni knows the Friulani would rather play without a ball than without their captain

“I leave Genoa with a heavy heart, because Gasperini pushed for my sale. It was crazy.”

Getting rid of Alberto Gilardino wasn’t nearly as crazy as replacing him with Alessandro Matri

“Nicola Rizzoli as the World Cup Final referee is an important signal, despite the habitual weekends people spend recriminating about supposed refereeing errors. That has never been the Lazio style and we are a different club in Rome because of it.”

Only Claudio Lotito could turn the World Cup Final into a Rome Derby diss

“Concentrating on the League will be important because if we do well in Serie A, we will also do well in the cups.”

Fernando Llorente forgets Juve have shown the exact opposite of that theory

“What has happened is a demonstration that I am an excellent player. At the World Cup I shut a lot of people’s mouths who were talking behind my back.”

Many of them insulted Cristian Zapata’s front too

“What did I tell him? Nema, in Italy there is great attention to the organisation, tactics. For years you have faced great strikers one-on-one, with highways behind you. Here, you’ll be playing with a cigarette in your mouth.”

Dejan Stankovic told Nemanja Vidic to share with Jack Wilshere

“Well, shortly after the blow suffered by Garay, Kramer came to me and asked: ‘Ref, is this the final?’ At my ‘yes’, amazed, he concluded: ‘Thanks, it was important to know’. I advised Bastian Schweinsteiger and they replaced Kramer.”

Nicola Rizzoli does not reassure critics of FIFA’s policy on players with head injuries

“I have always looked to build a feeling of unity.”

Lotito did manage to unite the Lazio ultras in hating him

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