Saturday July 20 2019
Sarri: ‘De Ligt will face Tottenham’

Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri confirms Matthijs de Ligt will “certainly play part of the game” against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bianconeri face the Champions League finalists in Singapore tomorrow, and fans are excited to get a glimpse of the new €75m signing.

“So far he hasn’t trained with his teammates,” Sarri pointed out.

“He’ll certainly play part of the game though.”

Sarri was appointed to replace Massimiliano Allegri, and there’s likely to be a big change of style this season.

“We need to work to find the identity of our game, because we want to become a team with a strong identity.

“Then we’ll try and ensure that leads us to win.

“We’re behind Tottenham [in terms of pre-season preparations] but tomorrow night I want to see a team with the right mentality.

"Nothing has changed with regards to my approach to training since coming here, I still want to have fun, because I think that allows you to give more. The first 70 metres on the pitch has to be what I want but in the last 30 it's up to them."

The former Napoli Coach is known for his ‘Sarrismo’ style of play and adherence to a 4-3-3 system, but where will Cristiano Ronaldo fit?

“Cristiano Ronaldo has won everything on an individual and collective level starting from slightly out on the left,” Sarri pointed out.

“The first attempt will be to start him from that position, but given his quality it wouldn’t make any difference to move him 10 metres.”

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