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.

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