For the second straight season, Juventus will be playing in the Supercoppa come the second weekend in August. But unlike last season, nobody knows where the heck it is going to be played. Sounds just so Italy, doesn't it? Well, yeah, it is starting to look that way.
It hasn't been just one location that's being mentioned right now. It's a whole bunch of them. Some make sense, some others just because they're there and won't be much of a problem to get to.
Beijing? Nah, not happening.
Indecision? You better believe it. And now because of all the uncertainty, we've got ourselves a war of words going on between Lazio and Juventus. Because, ya know, that's exactly what we need to throw fuel onto the already hot fire. Courtesy of Football Italia:
It was meant to be in Beijing in August, but Juve argued they could not make it due to their U.S. tour, so negotiations are underway to play in Toronto or even Rome.
"Juve first say yes, then took it all back. They probably think they are able to order everyone else about," slammed Lazio President Claudio Lotito.
"We are happy to play anywhere, Rome or Toronto, but they want to play in Turin. Lazio have stood by all the rules. I haven't spoken to President Andrea Agnelli, as it would be pointless. He is shirking the commitments he mad.
"Lazio are losing €1.8 million from the summer tour of Colombina and the money guaranteed by the organizers to play in Beijing, so this doesn't end here. We want to be compensated."
Welp. Shots fired.
Juventus didn't take long to respond, though, taking to their new, fancy-looking website to voice their views on the matter. Shots fired? Yeah, more shots fired.
Ever since winning the Coppa Italia on 26 May, Italian Football Federation member of the board and President of S.S. Lazio, Claudio Lotito, has begun to release statements that have become progressively more offensive, unacceptable and often untrue. He is evidently taking no notice of the trophy victory that earned S.S. Lazio the right to contest the Italian Super Cup, but is instead focusing on the monetary sum he thinks the club is entitled to.
Ah, disputes in Italy can just escalate so fast, can't they? I hope you have your popcorn ready.
The battle between Lotito and Juventus (presumably Agnelli himself or somebody from his PR staff that penned the club statement) looks like it isn't going away. Why? It's simple, really. Juve are being a lot more firm when it comes to their commitments in the United States this summer unlike a year ago. And as a person who has purchased tickets for the game in San Francisco for quite a pretty penny, I'm quite thankful for that.
That, of course, causes a fair amount of scheduling conflicts.
If Juve were to play on around the same date as last year's Supercoppa, Aug. 11, that would leave only five days to recover from the tournament and travel from the United States. That's a big reason why Antonio Conte pulled out a U.S. tour a year ago. But then again, the Supercoppa against Napoli was set in stone and ready to roll in Beijing, which is obviously a vastly different situation than we're currently seeing take place in front of us.
Because of the International Champions Cup, having the game take place somewhere in Toronto makes all that much more sense. But even simple things like that seems too logical with the clubs going back and forth through the press. Ah, the beauty of Italy. What a whacky, controversial place we know.