Sunday January 24 2021
De Zerbi 'enjoying' Sassuolo job

Roberto De Zerbi is again left frustrated by Sassuolo fumbling a lead to Lazio and won’t ‘consider’ leaving for a bigger club.

The Neroverdi had started very strong and taken the lead within six minutes thanks to Ciccio Caputo, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile turned the game on its head.

Their form has fallen away in recent weeks, with just one point from the last three rounds.

“Lazio are a very strong team. We had a few chances to score more goals in the first half, we didn’t take them, and then suffered with their physicality. For example, their equaliser was a header on a set play,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We amassed 30 points in the first half of the season, lost five games only to those teams who are above us in the table. So we’ve done well, could’ve done better, but considering all the problems we had, we are on track.”

Sassuolo came out fighting at the Stadio Olimpico and were absolutely dominant in the first 20 minutes, but then fell away.

“The collective is a combination of various individual players and their characteristics. I don’t want to look for excuses, but the truth is that we had a lot of injuries to players in attack who make the difference.

“When Domenico Berardi, Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo are out for weeks at a time or not fully fit, that will affect the team performance.”

De Zerbi was asked which of the Scudetto challengers he would like to work for, but shrugged off the question.

“I wouldn’t answer that even if I could, as my players could then say they’d prefer to work with another coach and that’s fair enough! It’s disrespectful.

“I won’t take leaving into consideration, at least not yet, and it also depends on how long the club wants me around. I honestly enjoy working at Sassuolo.

“I am furious right now over the many games we threw away, despite all the problems that we’ve had. It is a strong squad, it has the ability to come here and get more, so we all need to do more.”