Maurizio Sarri Admits Juventus ‘Growth Has Stalled’

Maurizio Sarri Admits Juventus 'Growth Has Stalled'

Maurizio Sarri had a worrying claim that Juventus’ growth has stopped in recent times.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial penalty in the dying minutes helped Juve save face against a 10-man AC Milan side last night.

The Old Lady managed a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final. “I am not worried, as the only real worries in life are your health. It seems a normal phase to be going through, it’s unthinkable for a team to be in a continual ascent,” Sarri told Rai Sport.

“This is a sport and so much depends on the physical and psychological conditions of so many players. Our growth has stalled a little in the last three weeks, we concede avoidable goals. Having said that, we’ve conceded only three more than the best defence in Serie A, so it’s not that much of an issue.”

Sarri added: “We did better in terms of our passing and playing out from the back but were lacking in the final third. It’s a process and we are continuing.

“We have conceded some avoidable goals, for example today the cross was quite slow and – in my view – easy to defend. We were coming off a bad performance in Verona, but picked up a positive result, especially as it’s the first leg.”

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