Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte have begun a war of words.
The two Italians have begun a combative exchange of words, as the rivalry between their respective teams heats up.
Both men have a common factor, they have been employed by Chelsea.
Conte made it to his second season and won the Premier League. While Sarri could only handle one season, in which his team lifted the Europa League.
They now find themselves back in their native Italy managing Seria A title rivals Inter Milan and Juventus respectively.
In an interview with Sky Sports Italia after the Juventus dropped two points in a draw with Fiorentina, Sarri was complaining.
“We didn’t put in a good quality performance, it was a very complicated situation, as Fiorentina played well and we used up all our substitutions with injuries and had no more fresh legs to introduce.”
“With all those variables, we did well in terms of character to get a point out of it.”
“We lost possession too many times, which may also be a consequence of physical issues.”
“Playing in mid-afternoon in Florence when it’s realistically still summer is tough for everyone.”
When Conte was asked for his thoughts on Sarris’ excuses, he said:
“I don’t want to say anything, otherwise we’ll have to start comparing balance sheets and financial resources.”
“Someone ought to calm down, as he’s on the powerful side now.”
Conte’s Inter Milan side ground out a solid 1-0 victory of Udinese, that kept his team’s 100% record intact.
More importantly, it put Sarri’s Juventus below them in second place, for the first time in over 500 days.
Conte was obviously happier than his counterpart and while he was too happy to agitate, he did not want to say too much.
“We have to keep our feet on the ground. Let others talk, we must shut up and work.”
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— footballitalia (@footballitalia) September 14, 2019