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Conte in TV rant at rift rumours

Juventus coach Antonio Conte exploded into an angry tirade on live TV when quizzed on his relationship with director general Beppe Marotta.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte exploded on Sky Italia when asked about rumours that he is at loggerheads with director general Beppe Marotta.

There have been reports in recent weeks that Conte has fallen out with Marotta and there has been speculation that the Bianconeri are lining up Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to replace Conte after the World Cup in Brazil.

In recent days Conte has batted off questions regarding his future but confronted live on Sky Italia following Juve's 2-0 win over Genoa he snapped.

"The newspapers, TV channels and you at Sky put these rumours about to destabilise us," Conte said.

"So I'm crossing swords with the club? Let's stop joking. I've been told that (Sky journalist) Giorgio Porra was talking about a rift with the directors. Enough of this rubbish about me arguing with Marotta.

"You shouldn't discuss human relationships, you should stick to talking about football and the way the team plays. I won't accept these accusations on a personal level."

It has been a tough season for reigning champions Juventus who trail Serie A leaders Roma by five points and sit third in Champions League Group B where qualification hangs in the balance.

It is widely believed that failure to progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions League or to retain the Scudetto would prove fatal for Conte.

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