Furious Brozovic reacts to Inter defeat against Juventus

Marcelo Brozovic reacted to Inter’s 3-2 loss against Juventus on Instagram: ‘A scandalous game.’

The Old Lady took all three points in a controversial meeting at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Referee Gianpaolo Calvarese awarded two penalty kicks to Juventus, one to Inter and showed red cards to Rodrigo Bentancur and Marcelo Brozovic.

The Croat reacted to Inter’s defeat with a controversial Instagram post.

“Always Forza Inter, it was a scandalous game,” the Croat wrote, adding a clown emoji.

His compatriot Ivan Perisic had posted a similar reaction a few hours earlier using the hashtag #controtuttoetutti, which translates into ‘Against everything and everyone.’

Samir Handanovic criticised Calvarese during the game, telling the match official, ‘You ruined the game’, before Juan Cuadrado converted a penalty kick with two minutes remaining.

Conte and Agnelli meet again

Antonio Conte and Andrea Agnelli meet for the first time since they exchanged insults in a Coppa Italia fixture back in February.

Inter and Juventus meet at the Allianz Stadium today. It kicks off at 17.00 UK time.

The Bianconeri need a win to leapfrog Napoli before the Azzurri play in Florence tomorrow, and although Inter have already been crowned Serie A champions, their coach Antonio Conte won’t be in the mood for gifts.

The last time Juventus and Inter met was in the return leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals on February 9 and the Old Lady gained access to the Final after a 0-0 draw.

At the end of the game, Andrea Agnelli was caught on camera insulting Conte, but it emerged the Italian coach had taken the first step raising his middle finger at the Juventus President before the half-time break.

A few days later, Conte apologised, but also insisted he had been insulted first.

“I am here to apologise, because I reacted in the wrong way to being insulted. I could’ve reacted differently and that would’ve been more positive,” the coach said at a press conference.

“I am sorry and I will learn from this for future reference. The insults and provocation should not be an excuse, because I still shouldn’t have responded like that.”

The relationship between Conte and Agnelli collapsed after the Italian tactician left Juventus one day into pre-season training in 2014.

A few months before he had questioned the club’s transfer strategies saying: “You cannot go to eat at a €100 restaurant with just €10 in your pocket, can you?”

His decision to resign took Juventus by surprise, with the Old Lady who rushed to hire Massimiliano Allegri.

Agnelli vetoed Conte’s possible return to the Juventus dugout in the summer of 2019.

Tonight they meet again at the Allianz Stadium and the coach will have something more meaningful to show for it.

Juventus sit fifth in the table, one point off fourth-placed Napoli, but if Andrea Pirlo’s side fail to beat Inter today, the Azzurri can qualify for the Champions League with a game to spare if they win away at Fiorentina tomorrow.

Probable line-ups: Juventus v Inter

Juventus seem more likely to favour Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Rodrigo Bentancur this evening, while Inter field a full-strength XI.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Bianconeri need a victory to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive, whereas Antonio Conte can waltz into the Allianz Juventus Stadium with the Scudetto long secured.

Andrea Pirlo is expected to make four changes from the side that beat Sassuolo 3-1 away on Wednesday evening, including the return of Wojciech Szczesny to replace Gigi Buffon in goal, despite the fact the veteran saved Domenico Berardi’s penalty.

Chiellini should step in for Leonardo Bonucci, with Bentancur expected to start rather than Arthur Melo in midfield.

Dybala is the favourite to partner Cristiano Ronaldo, initially leaving Alvaro Morata on the bench.

Inter are missing Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Aleksandar Kolarov, but there are few doubts for Conte, who will field his ideal XI after resting players over the last couple of weeks.

That means Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku together upfront, Christian Eriksen, Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolò Barella in the centre and Achraf Hakimi attacking down the right wing.

Probable line-ups

Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, De Ligt, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Rabiot, Chiesa; Dybala, Ronaldo

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, A Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Eriksen, Darmian; Lautaro Martinez, Lukaku

Lautaro: ‘Right decision to reject Barca’

Lautaro Martinez confirms he had been very close to joining Barcelona and discussed it with Lionel Messi, but ‘made the right decision’ sticking with Inter.

The Argentina international confessed the situation had been at a very advanced stage last summer, although the two clubs failed to reach an agreement.

“I am very happy at Inter and my family is happy here too, so I am not thinking about anything other than staying here,” Lautaro Martinez told Sky Sport Italia.

“My agent will resolve the various details of my contract. I was close to Barcelona, it’s true. I talked to Messi about it, but in the end I decided to stay with Inter and it was the right decision.”

He is celebrating the first Serie A title of his career and Inter’s first in a decade.

“People cared so much and we could sense it, seeing all those people before the Sampdoria game, plus of course the joy at the final whistle of Sassuolo-Atalanta. We did it for them and we had so many points above the rest, that showed we did a really good job.

“We talked after the Champions League exit and knew we had to get the Scudetto, as it was all we had left. We worked so hard every day, studying games, and we’re so happy to have done it. I think the most important goal in the title race was Christian Eriksen against Crotone, as he really broke that deadlock.”

Lautaro is very good friends with his teammate Romelu Lukaku and that bond is evident on the field as well as off it.

“After the first training session, we talked for two or three hours. He speaks some Spanish, so we were able to communicate straight away. He’d been watching Inter games from the previous season, so he knew everything.

“I didn’t play much in my first six months, but that was natural, as I had to adapt to a new style of football and learn the language too. I’ve grown so much as a player, especially in my defensive work for the team.”

Lautaro is maturing off the field too, as his partner gave birth to daughter Nina last month.

“She has given me so much strength and I have this sense of calm now, more than I had before.”

Inter can now begin preparing for next season and inevitably the pressure is on to do better in the Champions League.

“I think in Serie A you can get along to a degree, but the details make all the difference in the Champions League, so we need to be more focused on the little things and take that step forward.”

Serie A clubs ask the FIGC to postpone deadlines for player wages

Serie A clubs will reportedly ask the FIGC to postpone the deadlines regarding the obligations and deadlines for the payments of the players’ wages.

Calcio e Finanza reports the 20 Serie A clubs will request postponement of the deadline to pay player wages of the last four months of the campaign.

The report reveals the hypothesis on the table, which emerged in the Assembly today, is to request the shift of the deadlines for the last four months of the 2020-21 season.

If granted, the deadline for the March payments would pass from May to June, April’s wages would pass from June to July, May from June to December and June’s deadline would be postponed from September to December.

The request will reportedly be made during the next Federal Council on May 17.