Allegri: Conte's absence a loss for Serie A

The Rossoneri trainer is feeling sorry for his suspended colleague, and has wished the Bianconeri boss all the best
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has voiced his support for Juventus coach Antonio Conte, and feels the former Italy international's absence hurts Italian football.

Conte was handed a 10-month touchline-ban earlier this summer for his failure to report two instances of match-fixing during his spell in charge of Siena, and Allegri struggles to comprehend how his colleague must feel.

"Conte? There are rules and they must be respected. I have faith in the law and the Federation. I admit that I feel sorry for Conte, though, and I really mean that," Allegri was quoted as saying by La Stampa.

"Conte's absence is a real loss for the league.

"In these days I've been asking myself how Conte must be feeling, but I can't even imagine it to be honest.

"I want to wish Conte good luck. Sincerely. It's really a shame not to see him on the touchline."

Juventus won their opening two Serie A games without Conte.

Massimo Carrera replaces the 43-year-old in charge of the Serie A champions during his suspension.