The Aquile tactician is refusing to back-track…
“I don’t think it is over the top to try and put right the wrongdoings of young players,” Ballardini declared to Ansa in Saturday’s press conference.
“It is my duty as a coach to educate and improve the boys in their profession. I didn’t publicly accuse the player and I only said things that we had talked about earlier as a squad in which Zarate is present.
“I believe it doesn’t help anyone to have unruly players who think they can do as they please; this isn’t referring only to Zarate but more a general statement.”
Following threats from the Argentine’s brother-agent that the player could quit unless he receives an apology, the coach then gave a firm response as to who he believes should be apologising.
“I don’t see why I should apologise, maybe the contrary. I think an improving Zarate both as a man and a player is in Lazio’s interests, and we all want him to become the best he can be.”
Stefano Federici, Goal.com