April 29, 2019 / 8:43 AM / 21 days ago

Soccer-Five talking points from the Serie A weekend

MILAN, April 29 (Reuters) - The following are five talking points from the weekend’s Serie A action.

ALLEGRI IN FURIOUS ROW WITH TELEVISION PUNDIT

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was involved in a furious row with Sky Italia television pundit Lele Adani following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.

Serie A coaches have to give up to four separate interviews with rights holders following games. A coach is often hooked up to a panel of experts who tend to give opinions rather than simply ask questions in exchanges that can last several minutes.

Allegri, who last week won his fifth successive Serie A title since joining Juventus, became increasingly agitated at Adani’s comments about his team’s alleged failings and the pair ended up shouting over each other.

“You just sit there behind the desk, you read your books, but you don’t know anything about the practicalities of the sport. I’ve won six Serie A titles,” said Allegri, who then walked off.

Explaining his reaction in a chat show on Sunday, Allegri said: “Every time you hear this lecture on what you did wrong and ought not to be doing, it can wind you up and I am only human.

“I don’t go around telling other people how to do their job.”

SPALLETTI STOPS INTERVIEW TO LISTEN IN

Allegri was shouting so much that he could be clearly heard on an interview Inter coach Luciano Spalletti was giving nearby to another broadcaster.

The Inter coach clearly found it all rather amusing, smiled and interrupted his interview to listen in.

INTER COACH WOULD STAY AT THE CLUB FOR “100 YEARS”

Spalletti’s own future is still the subject of speculation.

Although Inter are on course for a third-place finish which would take them to the Champions League, their form has been inconsistent throughout the season and they have never looked like winning silverware

“It’s not a problem, the club will decide,” said Spalletti. “I’d gladly remain at Inter for 100 years, but it’s only right that Inter choose what is best for the club.”

MAZZARRI DISMISSED FOR FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON

Torino coach Walter Mazzarri’s dismissal during the 2-0 win over AC Milan, in a key battle for Champions League places, was his fifth of the season.

“I was calm, the referee would do well to watch what is happening on the pitch rather than off it,” said Mazzarri. “I was just talking to my colleagues about some (refereeing) mistakes, some of them shocking.

“It seems that other coaches get away with far more than I do,” he added.

Torino moved up to sixth place, only two points and two places outside the Champions League slots.

“Today, we had 60 percent territorial domination,” added Mazzarri. “When they say I’m too defensive, it makes me want to laugh.”

NAPOLI FANS REJECT CALLEJON’S SHIRT

Second-placed Napoli’s 2-0 win at next-to-bottom Frosinone on Sunday failed to placate fans angered by some lacklustre recent performances.

At the end of the game, Napoli players ran to the visiting fans and forward Jose Callejon threw them his shirt — only to have it thrown straight back at him.

“The players were disappointed,” said coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“I was also surprised, you can’t ask for any more from these players — you can criticise them for some things, but never for a lack of effort and professionalism.

“The project continues and we can only take one step at a time. I’m surprised by all this negativity.”

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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