Juventus adviser Pavel Nedved has hit back at remarks made by AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, who said the Bianconeri lack a sense of humour.
However, his belief that the Italian champions “should take a good course in humour” has not gone down well in Turin.
“We take everything seriously and we don’t want to be nice anyway -- we want to be successful,” Nedved told Mediaset. “That is our belief.”
It is a belief that may not endear the club to all football fans throughout Italy, but it has seen them win back-to-back titles and be seen as favourites for a third straight Scudetto.
With the arrival of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City this summer, Juve’s chances of lifting a 30th Italian title have increased.
And Nedved has welcomed the signing of the Argentina international, who he believes is hungrier than ever before despite his recent remarks that he was close to quitting the game.
“We spoke with Carlos a long time ago, and he still has a huge desire to play,” Nedved said. “He wants to succeed, and you can see his enthusiasm in training. All the greatest players need new stimuli when they win things.
“They need to have new objectives, and we’re pleased he has come here. He shown from the very first moment that he wanted to come, and that pleased me a lot.”