Conte believes financial situation in Italy still leaving clubs behind in Europe.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte has revealed he is unhappy with the departure of Alessandro Matri to AC Milan, and bemoaned the financial situation in Italy.
The striker joined the Rossoneri in a €12m deal on Friday, and while the fact he has joined a direct title rival has irked Conte, he is angry with the current situation in Italy which dictates that clubs still need to sell in order to balance the books.
Matri is the second notable player to depart this summer after versatile midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini joined Sunderland last month, although the Bianconeri have brought in the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente this summer.
Nevertheless, the Italian tactician was still noticeably frustrated ahead of the game against Lazio this weekend, with his comments on transfer dealings dominating the headlines.
“It is a sacrifice that makes us understand, even if some pretend not to see it, that the current economic climate in Italy is difficult, with some exceptions such as Naples,” he told the media as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Teams like Juventus are forced to sell in the face of an important offer. We need to put together a puzzle: but in order to build it you have to remove other pieces,” he added.
Conte went on to reveal that he hopes the club can now keep hold of Fabio Quagliarella, who will be vying for a place in the starting line-up along with the likes of Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco.
However, the Juve boss had one last damning verdict to deliver on recent comparisons that were made with the likes of Real Madrid and other top European clubs.
“Marotta said that we play on par with Real Madrid and other big teams in Europe? Real is a tank, while we have a car,” he added.
The pair have been placed in the same group for the Champions League, and it will be an interesting duel as Conte looks to test his side against the best with the objective of winning the tournament this year.