Wednesday July 15 2020
De Zerbi: 'Sassuolo respected Juve too much'

Roberto De Zerbi regrets the fact Sassuolo only drew 3-3 with Juventus. ‘We had too much respect at the start and we dominated them.’

The Neroverdi went 2-0 down after 12 minutes, fought back to lead 3-2 and were eventually held 3-3 after Wojciech Szczesny heroic.

“I complimented the lads, as they put in a wonderful performance. The only regret is the opening 15 minutes, as we probably felt the pressure too intensely, with too much respect for Juve and too tense,” De Zerbi told Sky Sport Italia.

“I was also annoyed at the three goals we conceded, because we changed our marking and we struggled too much. On the Danilo goal, we knew they were going to do that corner routine and conceded the goal anyway, so that is unacceptable.”

Sassuolo dominated possession for long periods, forcing Szczesny to make desperate saves and Alex Sandro to perform a goal-line clearance.

“It’s disappointing to have a point, because we probably deserved the victory today. We should’ve beaten Lazio by more than 2-1. This is where we need to improve.

“When I say too much respect, I don’t mean lacking humility, but we can believe in ourselves more, because we did dominate Juve. The lads were happy with the fightback, but also disappointed at the result and conceding three goals.

“We prepared everything about their set plays yesterday, we know what we’re meant to do, but need to be a bit more determined in going for the ball, otherwise we’ll keep conceding these goals.”

Sassuolo lost 4-1 to Atalanta, but then drew 3-3 with Inter and Juventus, beating Lazio 2-1. Which team impressed De Zerbi more?

“Atalanta’s mentality, courage and style of football make them very difficult to face. We had done well enough in Bergamo and deserved more there.

“Of course, Juve remain a step above, because they can introduce Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala off the bench at any moment. If we hadn’t conceded three stupid goals and taken the wrong early approach, we might be here talking about a different result.”

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