Zdenek Zeman defended his tough training regime at Cagliari and wants some of the credit for Roma’s success.
The Coach had been out of the sport for over a year after he was fired by the Giallorossi in February 2013, but has returned at the helm of Cagliari.
“It is premature to evaluate what this side can do,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I have a group of young lads, they try to follow my orders, but we have to see in the long run. If they learn how to suffer now, then they needn’t suffer again.”
Zeman is well known for his all-attack 4-3-3 tactics, but also the toughest training regime in Italy with constant running up and down large steps.
“In 40 years of my career everyone has survived my training methods and it is all put to good use. I haven’t killed anyone yet.”
Despite his dismissal, Zeman still has a soft spot for Roma, who finished second with Rudi Garcia last season.
“I am happy with I did at Roma. I achieved some important results, we reached the Coppa Italia Final, the players gained in value and the transfer market brought in a lot of money, so that is at least partly down to me.
“Are Roma the favourites for the Scudetto? Everybody starts on 0 points, then the talking has to be done on the pitch.
“There are teams with more of a chance, like Juventus, Napoli and the two Milan clubs.”