“I am against playing the Italian Supercup in a foreign country” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told Sky Sport today, “I even spoke about it to [Juventus president] Andrea Agnelli, who agrees with me”.
The Supercup will be played on December 23, thus right before the winter break, poses a scheduling quagmire for the teams involved, “We must be sensible to the needs of South American players who return to their home countries to celebrate the holidays“, De Laurentiis argues.
With respect to a possible new destination “Milan could be a good candidate as it is an important site, with 80,000 seats, a beautiful stadium. Rome? I don’t believe that it would be an ideal site“, referring indirectly to the surreal atmosphere that preceded the Italian Cup final this past May.
The harmony with Agnelli does not stop at the site for the Italian Supercup, as the Neapolitan president also remarked on Agnelli’s call for reforms in Italian football: “I’ve been speaking in favour of renewal in footballing institutions for 10 years. The leagues are not harmonized with each other or with the federation. Ideally, the federation’s president should have modern ideas, respectful of the past – without denying it – but to violently open the door to a future that nobody has ever opened to”.
“We must not continue to patch up here and there, we must start from zero. When Germany and England did this they suffered for the first two years but then reaped the benefits”.
De Laurentiis declined to name a possible candidate that he would support because he “wouldn’t want to conduct someone else’s electoral campaign”.