Conte: Napoli should be proud of Marchisio's antipathy

The successful coach has downplayed the Italy international's recent comments on the Partenopei, and expects a difficult match versus Parma
Juventus coach Antonio Conte feels Napoli should be proud that other clubs dislike them as it shows the Partenopei are taken seriously by their rivals.

Bianconeri midfielder Claudio Marchisio revealed earlier this week that he feels a certain antipathy toward Napoli, but the 45-year-old has insisted that the Italy international's comments should be taken as a compliment.

"Marchisio was obviously referring to the sporting rivalry between Juventus and Napoli. It is only normal to have a certain rivalry between big clubs. They probably feel the same about us," he stated at a press conference.

"Napoli should be proud to have our antipathy rather than get upset about it as it means that they have joined the group of big clubs of Juventus, Inter and AC Milan that have certain feelings of rivalry."

The Juventus coach then looked ahead to this weekend's Serie A match against Parma, and insisted that the Bianconeri will do their utmost to return to winning ways in the league.

"We’re determined to get back on course in the championship following last weekend’s reverse. I’m sure we’ll see a good game, contested by two sides who will both be pushing for the win.

"Parma go into the encounter on the back of four straight successes and have yet to lose a game at home. We know it’s a difficult venue to go to and that they will want to put on a good show."

Juventus currently sit atop of the Serie A table with 44 points from 19 games.