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Oct, 30, 2012

Cesar: Juve games tricky for refs

Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar has defended Juventus amid the refereeing controversy currently engulfing Serie A, saying decisions that favour the Bianconeri are often placed under too much scrutiny.

• Moratti struck by 'absurd' Juve win
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This past weekend saw a Catania goal against the champions chalked off for an incorrect offside call before the Bianconeri themselves netted a winner with Nicklas Bendtner clearly in an offside position.

However, Julio Cesar - now of QPR - was able to put his dislike of the Turin club aside and tell TV programme Undici that decisions never only favour Juve.

"Whoever takes charge of Juventus games is under a lot more pressure than anybody else," he said. "Referees make mistakes with all teams, but when they do so in Juventus' favour then people are going to think of the worst because of what happened in the past.

"I hate Juventus, but only on a sporting level because they are the side who made me the craziest in Italy. I hardly ever beat them and that drove me mad!"

He added that he was disappointed to have left Inter but bore no resentment towards club president Massimo Moratti and believes Andrea Stramaccioni can lead the club to success.

"I won't hide it: I'm saddened with how Inter treated me," he said. "I was left upset as I expected something else but that is now in the past and I have cleared the matter up with Massimo Moratti in person.

"I see a touch of Mourinho in Stramaccioni, they have the same hunger to win. Jose is a very intelligent guy who gets his players to give 110%. He knows how to transmit his desire to win games."

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