Carrera should talk to the press, says Zeman ahead of Juventus clash

Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has denied allegations that his comments made towards Juventus will have affected the Turin club ahead of the clash between the two sides on Saturday.

The 65-year-old has spoken out about doping allegations that dogged The Old Lady during the 1990s, while he has also criticised the decision to allow Antonio Conte to stay in charge of the Serie A champions after the match-fixing scandal of last season.

The Czech has been angered by suggestions that he damaged the club with his opinions and has instead questioned why Juve's caretaker manager Massimo Carrera did not hold a pre-match press conference.

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"I've damaged Juve? Not me, they should look to other people," he explained.

"No press conference for Carrera? I think people want to hear those who are directly involved."

The experienced coach has been warned about fans booing him when he enters the stadium at the weekend, but he is not worried about entering Juventus Stadium.

"I've been involved in other Juventus-Roma matches. I'm not afraid to enter their stadium, but the last time I went to Turin I received insults for the comments on the 1990's," he revealed.

Roma are currently eighth in Serie A; five points adrift of Juventus at the top of the table, but Zeman believes his team can still be title contenders.

"We always play to win, like everyone else. We are trying to carry out a project, but need patience," he added.

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