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Conte annoyed by phantom goal talk

14 Apr 2012 19:17:17

Conte annoyed by phantom goal talk

Juventus coach Antonio Conte said Saturday he is bored of talking about controversies which are plaguing the Serie A title race.

Conte was responding to a question about a "goal" that was never given in his side's recent clash against AC Milan.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has responded to criticism directed at him since his side lost the Serie A lead to Juve by pointing out that the rossoneri would still be top had officials spotted that Sulley Muntari's shot was clearly a yard over the line before Gianluigi Buffon clawed it out.

That match was drawn 1-1 but had Milan won they would be two points clear instead of a point behind Juventus.

But Conte said he no longer wants to talk about controversial incidents given his own side have come under fire this season for complaining about refereeing decisions.

"After we played Parma we exasperated a problem, people told us to keep quiet and we've not said a word," explained Conte.

"Now every three days I hear the others talking about the same things. I find this subject tiresome, I'm bored of it but football is like this, we'll keep going."

With six games left, Conte believes both Juve and Milan will drop points so he is not taking their one-point lead for granted.

"From now until the end we won't underestimate anyone," he said. "History teaches us that you can lose decisive points at the crucial moment, even against teams that are already relegated.

"So we have to keep our antennae straight and don't take anything for granted.

"That's why it would be better to play more testing matches. We have to win whatever Milan do."

Juve were due to play Cesena, who could even have been relegated with a defeat, on Sunday but that match, like all football in Italy, was called off following the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini after collapsing during a game against Pescara.

Juve have what is regarded as the tougher run-in but they are the form team at the moment having won their last five matches whereas Milan have dropped five points in their last three games.


AFP

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