Wednesday February 12 2020
Sarri: 'Juve pressure normal'

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri says that if he didn’t want to feel pressure, he “would’ve taken a job at the post office” in the wake of recent league defeats.

The Bianconeri have lost their last two away games in a row, and speculation is mounting that the club will either bring back former coach Max Allegri or attempt to hire Pep Guardiola in the summer.

Sarri however says the pressure of the job comes with the territory.

“If I didn’t want to face examinations I would’ve taken a job at the post office. This is the job,” Sarri said in his press conference ahead of the Coppa Italia semi final first leg against Milan.

“We are on target to reach the objectives we set out at the start of the season. Of course in matches were things go wrong there are reflections to be made.”

It was reported that Sarri met with club President Andrea Agnelli in the wake of the 2-1 defeat to Verona, but Sarri puts a different spin on it.

“We were supposed to have dinner after the Fiorentina game, I was at Coverciano, and the President had commitments  and so it was arranged for later.

“We had a normal dinner, however it was planned.”

Douglas Costa is once again out through injury, with the Brazilian reportedly out for between 15 and 20 days.

“We have a large squad, which has always led Juve coaches to use more systems. Also we are ready to adapt to other formations with giving valuations on the individuals too.”

Miralem Pjanic has come in for criticism as of late, with former Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli referring to him as “as soft as mozzarella,” but Sarri says he won’t change his role.

“No, for me his best position is the one he currently plays in. He has good quality as a trequartista, but he isn't playing in that position right now.

“He started the season in good form, now he is suffering from fatigue, but he will return to his level, it’s normal that this can happen during the season.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has been in devastating form in the last two months, so will he be rested with the return of the Champions League in two weeks time?

“We will see, I have spoken with him and he told me he is feeling well. We will evaluate on a game-by-game basis.”

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