Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has revealed his contempt for Serie A rivals Napoli, prompting the club to demand an explanation.
In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, the Italy international was asked if there was any one player that he held particular antipathy toward and he responded by singling out a club, Napoli.
“It’s not any particular face, but a team, especially after the rough Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup finals – Napoli,” Marchisio was quoted as saying by La Repubblica.
“When I am faced with Napoli, something goes off in me.”
Unsurprisingly, his comments have not been well received in the Southern Italian city and Napoli have already issued a public statement in response, asking for an explanation from the midfielder and his club.
“Marchisio’s comments represent a grave insult towards Napoli and all of Italian football. We are surprised that a player of his stature and who plays in such a prestigious club would say things like that,” the statement read.
“We hope it is only a misunderstanding and await clarification from the player and from Juventus.”
Relations between the two Italian giants have traditionally been sour and the rivalry intensified in the Italian Super Cup played in Beijing earlier this season, when Napoli boycotted the post-match presentation ceremony in protest to refereeing decisions made during the match.