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Besieged Maurizio Sarri Says Juventus Fights ‘Mental Fatigue’ After Udinese Defeat

“It’s what happened – we’ve lost our form”: Siege Maurizio Sarri says Juventus fights ‘mental fatigue’ after defeat by Udinese forces them to wait to seal their ninth consecutive Serie A title

  • Juventus lost 18 points this season from leading situations in Serie A.
  • Maurizio Sarri’s team continued thanks to a stunner from Matthijs de Ligt
  • But Ilija Nestorovski restored parity for Seko Fofana’s winner for Udinese
  • Sarri believes that his party has lost the organization at crucial points in games recently

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri believes his side is fighting ‘mental fatigue’ after a shock defeat against Udinese.

The loss – caused by Seko Fofana’s 92nd minute winner – means that Juventus has to wait at least one more game before they can confirm their ninth consecutive Serie A title.

The Bianconeri have brought in 18 points this season from leading situations in the Serie A and led the way in the Dacia Arena with a Matthijs de Ligt stunner.

Maurizio Sarri believes his Juventus side is fighting 'mental fatigue' after losing to Udinese

Maurizio Sarri believes his Juventus side is fighting ‘mental fatigue’ after losing to Udinese

The defeat means that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait for his second Serie A title

The defeat means that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait for his second Serie A title

The defeat means that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait for his second Serie A title

But Ilija Nestorovski’s dive head restored parity before Fofana’s counterattack turned it all around in extra time.

The strikes were the 37th and 38th goals Juventus had scored in the league this season, compared to just 30 in the entire previous campaign.

And Sarri insisted that the lack of organization on his part has cost his side at crucial times in recent weeks.

“That’s what’s been happening lately, we’ve lost our organization and form,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

Paulo Dybala was frustrated when Juventus now lost 18 points from winning positions

Paulo Dybala was frustrated when Juventus now lost 18 points from winning positions

Paulo Dybala was frustrated when Juventus now lost 18 points from winning positions

The Bianconeri took the lead thanks to an overwhelming strike by defender Matthijs de Ligt

The Bianconeri took the lead thanks to an overwhelming strike by defender Matthijs de Ligt

The Bianconeri took the lead thanks to an overwhelming strike by defender Matthijs de Ligt

“We had a good performance in the first half, conceded the equalizer and wanted to win at all costs, so we started to get disorganized and loose.

“It was our desire to win which made it a more dangerous approach and we lost it on the 93rd [minute] precisely because we wanted to win at all costs.

“It’s hard to find balance right now, because everyone in every team is getting tired. We are therefore not that aggressive, but I think that organization is now more important than aggression.

“It’s more mental fatigue than physical, because we lost our composure after the equalizer. Games are so strange after the lockdown, because the slowness changes so quickly. We need to learn the lessons of these fixtures and try to keep our shape. ‘

But Ilija Nestorovski's dive head restored parity for Seko Fofana winner (above)

But Ilija Nestorovski's dive head restored parity for Seko Fofana winner (above)

But Ilija Nestorovski’s dive head restored parity for Seko Fofana winner (above)

The 61-year-old former Chelsea and Napoli boss also complained about the lack of important starts like the tough Giorgio Chiellini and Leonard Bonucci, alleging that striker Gonzalo Higuain would have been ‘useful’ in Udine.

“We also got 12 penalties against us, which is unusual for the big clubs. There have been more spot kicks overall, it’s an all-time record, even if our percentage has gone up much more than some others, ‘Sarri continued.

Giorgio Chiellini has been out practically all season and people don’t realize how much his experience and character was missed. Leonardo Bonucci was also suspended today, Miralem Pjanic had a small adductor problem, but nothing serious.

“Gonzalo Higuain has been eliminated, he would also have been helpful against more defensive opponents.”

Sarri also claims that he missed the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain (above)

Sarri also claims that he missed the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain (above)

Sarri also claims that he missed the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain (above)

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