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Two former Chelsea coaches Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte have been involved in a war of words in the Italian Serie A.
Sarri managed Chelsea last season, while Conte was in charge for two previous seasons, and both managers achieved a certain level of success at the club, although it was Conte who won the Premier League for the Blues.
Sarri left his post as Chelsea boss at the end of last season to manage Juventus, while Conte will manage Inter Milan, his first job since leaving Chelsea.
Conte and Sarri have engaged in a war of words after Sarri tried to explain Juventus’ goalless draw at Fiorentina on Saturday.
“Playing in mid-afternoon in Florence when it’s realistically still summer is tough for everyone,” said Sarri of the draw.
“We had difficulty on a purely technical level and I am confident a team with less personality would’ve lost. That is the positive and certainly a valuable quality to have a team that can fight it out for a point even when not in great shape.”
Conte, who led the Bianconeri to three consecutive Serie A titles before his spell at Chelsea was drawn into Sarri’s statement by reporters and he just took a little jab at the older Italian.
“I don’t want to say anything, otherwise we’ll have to start comparing balance sheets and financial resources,” said Conte of the former Chelsea coach, who had a career in banking before he became a full-time football coach.
“Someone ought to calm down, as he’s on the powerful side now.”