Maurizio Sarri remains impressed by Lazio, discusses his Juventus future and why he must balance the trident attack so they ‘do their duties and don’t leave the defence exposed.’
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“Lazio have had a fantastic season and proved themselves to be a great team,” assured Sarri in his press conference.
“In a one-off match, they can cause problems for any opponent and we have always struggled against them.”
Indeed the Aquile beat Juve twice by a 3-1 scoreline in December, in both Serie A and the Italian Supercup, but injuries have wreaked havoc since the lockdown.
Luis Alberto, Jony, Stefan Radu, Adam Marusic, Lucas Leiva, Joaquin Correa and Patric are all absent for tomorrow’s encounter in Turin.
Juve also have to make some changes, as Federico Bernardeschi is suspended, with Giorgio Chiellini out of action.
“Rodrigo Bentancur, Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci all trained separately, so we’ll see how they react today. Chiellini has to stay out for a few days. In any case, we have valid alternatives.
“At this moment, we have to focus on being solid and consistent. It’s not important who plays upfront, but the work they are able to do for the team.
“It’s an issue of duties and who can do them well. We could use Douglas Costa or Juan Cuadrado, we’ll see who we choose. It’s about ensuring their duties are done, so the defence is not left so exposed.”
Sarri was asked about the reports his job at Juventus could be in doubt, despite being on the verge of the Scudetto.
“Have you ever asked a Formula 1 driver if he is afraid of speed? It’s part of the job, it goes well if you win and badly if you lose. I’m happier feeling someone breathing down my neck.
“I have a contract and I want to honour it. Look, my future is tomorrow, we must take it one game at a time and the rest is merely a consequence. There are difficulties working in all clubs. There’s probably more media pressure here, while in Naples it’s more of a localised issue, but football is difficult everywhere you go.
“It was a different situation at Chelsea. I liked the idea of going to England, but last summer, I really wanted to come back to Italy.”