Monday February 22 2021
Stroppa: 'The Cagliari match will be crucial'

Crotone coach Giovanni Stroppa said the next game against Cagliari ‘will be crucial’ and was ‘happy with the performance’ in the 3-0 defeat to Juventus.

The visitors started the match with energy, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace before half-time made it a difficult night for Stoppa’s men in Turin.

Weston McKennie added the third, but the coach was happy with his players performance against the champions.

“The goals cut our legs,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “But I liked the reaction.

“The four-man defence is something we tried during the week, it’s clear that we can’t improvise.

“It’s normal when we weren’t used to man marking. We conceded more and we had a defensive phase of sacrifice.”

Crotone are left bottom of the table and face 18th-placed Cagliari next weekend. Leonardo Semplici has replaced Eusebio Di Francesco in Sardinia and Stroppa believes the next match will be fundamental for the two sides.

“There are fewer and fewer games to go, the next one is crucial,” he continued. “It wasn’t tonight’s game that would make sense of our future.

“I’m happy with the performance.”