Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri blasted French international striker David Trezeguet as a ‘spoilt brat’ on Friday after the former Monaco striker hit out after being substituted in Tuesday’s Champions League exit.
Trezeguet had complained that he didn’t understand why Ranieri replaced him during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea when Juve were leading 2-1 at the time and still needed to score another goal to progress to the quarter-finals.
“I feel betrayed by Trezeguet. Not by the player but by the man and for me that’s something much worse,” said Ranieri.
“This is an inexplicable outburst from a spoilt brat. (Ryan) Giggs or (Paul) Scholes don’t always play and they don’t complain when they’re substituted or left on the bench.
“These quotes have really annoyed me. These sorts of things should be left in the changing rooms.”
Juventus were down to 10 men when Ranieri replaced Trezeguet with Brazilian striker Amauri, the team’s top scorer.
They were chasing the game with a man disadvantage but also had Alessandro Del Piero and young attacking midfielder Sebastian Giovinco already on the pitch.
“After the sending off of (Giorgio) Chiellini we weren’t playing 10 against 11 but nine against 11,” added Ranieri.
“Trezeguet wasn’t playing any more and I needed someone in his place, another type of player.
“Trezeguet touched the ball six times in the first half and half a dozen times in the second with one good pass (to create Juve’s opening goal) and a header on goal.
“But when I saw that we weren’t managing to get in behind Chelsea, I introduced Amauri, our top scorer.”
Meanwhile, Juventus will be without Amauri for a month after he injured his thigh in training on Friday.
The former Palermo striker’s injury comes at a bad time as Trezeguet has also been ruled out for the weekend visit of Bologna.
It leaves Juve with only evergreen veteran Del Piero and Vincenzo Iaquinta as attacking options at a crucial stage of the season.
The Turin giants are also without Italy midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, Malian Mohamed Sissoko, Czech veteran Pavel Nedved and centre-back Nicola Legrottaglie.
They sit second in Serie A with a seven-point deficit to leaders and champions Inter Milan.
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