Marchisio laments decision to play Supercoppa Italiana in China

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis threatened to pull his side out of the game in Beijing but was eventually persuaded into allowing Walter Mazzarri's men to travel
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio feels that the Supercoppa Italiana should be played in Italy, claiming it is a shame that next month's clash with Napoli will be staged in China.

The venue for the annual meeting between the champions of Serie A and the Coppa Italia holders has been the subject of much debate in recent days, with Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis having threatened to boycott the season opener, describing it as "a crazy trip and an unnecessary stress".

The Napoli owner eventually backed down but Marchisio has now admitted that he too feels that the curtain-raising event should not be held on the other side of the world.

"We are doing our best to try to get to the Italian Super Cup in the best condition," the Italy international wrote on his Facebook page.

"It really is a shame that we're playing in Beijing and not in Italy, but I'm sure there will still be many fans there who will not be lacking in support and affection for us.

"For now, though, we are preparing as best we can for our first official outing, against Benfica on Wednesday."

Marchisio is a product of the Bianconeri's youth academy and played a key role in last season's Scudetto success, scoring nine goals in 36 Serie A appearances.