Sunday January 26 2020
De Zerbi: 'Sending off changed game'

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi believes the sending off of Federico Peluso conditioned the match. “ We will never know how the match would’ve ended 11 vs 11.”

The Neroverdi came away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with a point, with former Juventus defender Peluso receiving his marching orders only 25 minutes into the game.

“With 11 against 11 we tried to do what we had in mind and after the decisive incident we continued to do so,” said De Zerbi in his press conference post-game.

“It’s true that we will never know how it would have ended had the game been equal in numbers.

“I would have preferred to have played out the match with parity.”

Despite the man less, De Zerbi states Sassuolo could’ve won the game.

“We should’ve won, we had a bit of bad luck and bad choice of characteristics, because [Francesco] Caputo doesn’t have the legs to sprint 70 metres that perhaps Jeremie Boga or Gregoire Defrel have.

“However I liked the enthusiasm that the lads displayed in searching for the win.”

Sassuolo have one of the youngest squads in the league, and De Zerbi says the lack of experience can sometimes show.

“We are the youngest side in the league almost, and if we don’t put a little more desire in, it means that aren’t as smart.

“We happen to turn the light off every now and then but that’s because we lack a little experience and knowledge of how games go.”

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