Maurizio Sarri admits Juventus ‘seem to have enormous potential, and at other times leave you perplexed’ after a 3-3 thriller with Sassuolo.
The Bianconeri went 2-0 up within 12 minutes thanks to Danilo and Gonzalo Higuain goals, but Sassuolo came back to lead 3-2 and could’ve won it at the death if not for Wojciech Szczesny heroics and an Alex Sandro goal-line clearance.
“A coach expects consistency from his team, it’s something we’ve been lacking both physically and mentally. We have some very strong moments in a match and some moments of passivity that are difficult to understand,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.
This was their third game in a row without victory, after a 4-2 defeat to Milan - where they had also gone 2-0 up - and 2-2 draw with Atalanta.
“We’ve been up against teams in remarkable form recently and Sassuolo are no different, as they’d won four in a row and if they consolidate, they can become the Atalanta of the future.
“I do believe that if we resolve the issue of consistency throughout the game, we are on the right track. Any team becomes dangerous if you let them pass it around in our final third.
“We struggled because they played between the lines with the trequartista and we gave the ball away too many times. It was strange, as our full-backs in the first half were conservative, but then started to push forward and win the ball back early towards the end of the game.
“It’s not so much something that doesn’t work as it works in fits and starts. At times, I get the feeling this team has enormous potential. At other times, it leaves you perplexed, as it allows the opponents to enter the box far too easily. We need to find the right balance and that is not easy.
“We had to keep the ball more, as there are times when the passing move will help you to control the tempo and stay in the opposition half. We sometimes feel too rushed in trying to get to the goal in a couple of passes, which creates a situation where you go from end to end.”
Giorgio Chiellini was given a surprise start, but had to be substituted by Daniele Rugani at half-time.
“Giorgio seemed to be in good shape over the last three or four days, he felt his calf muscle hardening before half-time and asked to come off. We were without Leonardo Bonucci, so it was important to have a player with experience and character.”
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