Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta feels that Juventus are “underestimating” themselves by downplaying Serie A title talk.
The executive spoke to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInterNews, responding to the insistence of Bianconeri coach Max Allegri that the Turn giants’ aim remains top four.
In recent days, Juventus coach Allegri has been a little more willing to acknowledge that his team are a serious contender for the Serie A title.
The Bianconeri’s victory over Lecce this weekend saw them go top of the Serie A table. Albeit with Inter still having a game in hand over them.
Allegri has remained coy – characterizing the title race as “cops and robbers.”
But the veteran coach has still alluded to top four being the aim that Juventus are most focused on, and given the view that Inter are very much the facourites.
But as far as Marotta is concerned, Juventus aren’t giving themselves enough credit.
Beppe Marotta: Juventus “Underestimating” Themselves In Serie A Title Race
Marotta acknowledged that “Juventus have an advantage over us in that they don’t have European football.”
“Therefore, they risk injuries less,” he argued. “That can be a factor.”
“The fact that they then talk about finishing fourth is underestimating themselves,” Marotta continued.
“That’s an understatement.”
“When we talk about Inter, Milan and Juve, we always talk about winning,” Marotta said.
“They’re favourites,” the Inter CEO argued of the Bianconeri.
“And then Milan are recovering in form. It will certainly be a great end to the season.”
As far as whether he think Napoli will be a tough opponent this evening, Marotta replied “Absolutely.”
“I don’t think they’ve just suddenly become a bunch of bums,” he said of the reigning Italian champions.
“They’ve had their difficulties. In football, it’s even harder to win a second time than just to win.”
“Lately though they’ve been getting back on their feet,” he said. “They’re a great team and we have to respect that.”