Friday February 17 2012
Montella: No Juve plot

Catania boss Vincenzo Montella has rejected the theory that there is a conspiracy to stop Juventus from winning.

The Old Lady have been very vocal in their protests at not being awarded three penalties in their last two games – against Siena and Parma – which both ended 0-0.

“I’ve instructed myself to not speak negatively about referees,” Montella, ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting in Turin, commented.

“The referees are doing a good job and I don’t think there is a design to damage Juventus’ progress,” he added.

“There needs to be a change in culture, this needs to be the first step. Errors are part of the game and they always have been.”

Catania drew 1-1 with Juve earlier in the season, but Montella is cautious about his side’s chances of coming away from the Juventus Stadium unbeaten.

“Our side is different compared to the first game against Juventus this term,” continued the former Roma striker.

“Juventus are having a spectacular campaign and they all deserve praise. It will be a hard game for us. I see a Juventus side with more character and determination.

“We’re ready to play our game without losing sight of our objectives. It’s nice to feel such faith in us, but the fundamental matches for us will be against Siena and Novara.

“We have to play as aggressively as we did against Roma. We’ll play with attention, but without putting up barricades.”