Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has continued to lash out at Marcello Lippi following the Italy coach's comments that Juventus would win the league this season.
Mourinho launched a furious attack on Lippi yesterday, fuming that the former Juve coach had shown "a lack of respect'' by predicting his old charges would end Inter's stranglehold on the Serie A title.
And the ongoing spat between the pair rumbled on today.
Mourinho told Inter's website: "I don't want to lose more time replying to our national coach because I work every day for my club and, on the pitch and in the dressing rooms, with my squad.
"I don't spend my time waiting for a game every so often. I think I have the right to express an opinion. Someone might not agree with my opinion, no problem, but I repeat that, I think, a national coach can not predict in such a direct matter who will win the league.
"Lippi did that on TV the other night. Would Fabio Capello in England respond with the name of a team to such a question? And Vicente Del Bosque in Spain? I don't think so, they are too intelligent to do so.''
Roma captain Francesco Totti chimed in this morning to defend Lippi. The former Italy international said: "Lippi made a joke, a prediction. Whether it comes true or not we will see, however one of the likely scudetto winners is Juventus.''
Lippi steered Juve to five Serie A titles and the Champions League during two spells in charge of the Bianconeri.
The new season is set to kick-off this weekend with Inter, who took the scudetto by a 10-point margin over Juve last season, looking for a fourth successive crown.
Mourinho's Roma counterpart Luciano Spalletti has also defended the Azzurri boss. "For me what Lippi said seemed a normal prediction, as he did last year saying Inter were the strongest team,'' said the Giallorossi coach.
"From a personal view I don't see it as a lack of respect. Lack of respect comes when you dismiss the professional capacity of the team you're talking about. When you say 'zero titles' to a team that's still in a competition, that's a lack of respect.''