Sampdoria boss Ciro Ferrara has spoken of his distaste for Zdenek Zeman ahead of Wednesday’s game against Roma.
“During my 20 years as a player he has made statements that have damaged the image of myself and my club at the time, Juventus,” Ferrara stated.
“For this, and because of the hard work my teammates and myself put on the pitch during that time, I can’t accept him.”
Roma boss Zeman is famous in Italy for his continual attacks on Juventus, for whom Ferrara appeared for, in the 1990s and 2000s.
Sampdoria, who were handed a one-point penalty at the start of the season, are actually a place and two points better off in the table than the Giallorossi.
Ferrara has named a 20-man squad for the Stadio Oliimpico tie, but he will be without the injured Andrea Poli and the suspended Maxi Lopez.
Squad: Berni, Romero; Berardi, Castellini, Costa, De Silvestri, Gastaldello, Mustafi, Poulsen, Rossini; Krsticic, Maresca, Munari, Obiang, Renan, Soriano; Eder, Estigarribia, Icardi, Pozzi.
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