The Calciopoli scandal stripped Juventus of two Serie A titles, making their recent Scudetto their 29th but AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes otherwise.
Each side that wins ten titles earns a permanent star symbol on the club jersey and it is this mark of respect that Juve officials are adamant the club deserves.
But in what can only be interpreted as a dig, Allegri stated that if the scandal-plagued seasons are to be counted then so should the Turin side’s 2007 Serie B win.
The Bianconeri were relegated the year before, following investigations that implicated former director Luciano Moggi in bribing of referees in order to fix results in the club’s favour. It meant that the Old Lady had to claw their way back up to Serie A while rivals AC Milan ended their season in the Serie A in third place despite being slapped with an 8-point penalty.
Allegri appears keen to remind last season’s winners to not forget that ignominy before they get carried away with talk about the number of titles paraded around Turin. Milan, for their part, have won 18 titles so far in their history with their most recent win coming in the 2010-11 season.
“Juventus’ Scudetti? They have 31; everybody is wrong, because you should also count the Serie B title,” he joked when speaking to reporters at a press conference.
Milan have a number of pre-season friendlies lined up before the start of the campaign, with matches against Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, Olimpia and Schalke.