Thursday July 16 2020
De Zerbi: 'Sassuolo have a complete squad'

Roberto De Zerbi has claimed his renewal with Sassuolo was purely down to his happiness at the Mapei Stadium and felt the Neroverdi showed signs of ‘maturing’ against Juventus on Wednesday.

The former Benevento coach has been praised for his work at Sassuolo and has recently signed renewed his deal with the club, but said it shouldn’t be a sign of continuity.

“I don’t have to give signals, but to what makes me feel good and happy,” De Zerbi said at a press conference. “I’m part of a serious club and I have a strong team that are now maturing in character.

“Yesterday’s match makes that clear.”

Sassuolo held a press conference in the celebrations of their 100th anniversary and De Zerbi said it’s an honour to be the coach in Emilia-Romagna.

“I’m honoured to be the coach of Sassuolo in the centenary year, but it gives me greater responsibility too.

“We can’t stop at these results, there are 20 days to do big things, starting with the game on Saturday.”

Sassuolo turned 0-2 to 3-2 against the Old Lady, but Alex Sandro equalised midway through the second half to make sure the two teams shared the spoils at the Mapei.

“If I’m happy with the result depends on how you analyse it. If we look at who we had in front of us, we must be happy to get a point.

“If we look at how the match developed and what we created, then perhaps the three points are also close to us.”

The Neroverdi players have been linked with moves to big clubs in recent months and De Zerbi revealed it’s difficult to pick a starting line-up.

“All the players are strong. If they ask me for a starting line-up, I say that I have at most four or five in my head, for the others, it’s about form or character.

“I’m lucky to have such a complete squad.”

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