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Maurizio Sarri launches an extraordinary attack on his Juventus team after a fall in the defeat of Lyon

“I can’t let the players understand how important it is to move the ball quickly”: Maurizio Sarri launches an extraordinary attack on his Juventus team after a fall in the defeat of Lyon

  • Juventus fell to a 1-0 loss against Lyon in the Champions League last 16 first leg
  • The ruling Italian giants were despicable and failed to register a shot on target
  • Manager Maurizio Sarri remained dizzy when the last whistle sounded in France
  • The 61-year-old told reporters that he cannot make his players understand

Maurizio Sarri launched a bizarre outburst at the expense of his Juventus side, after their abject 1-0 loss against Lyon in the last 16 first leg of the Champions League.

Sarri remained bewildered on the sidelines when the game largely passed the reigning Italian champions, while Juve couldn’t record a single shot at goal.

While the last whistle blew, Sarri did not simmer down and was immediately informed in advance of his execution.

A lively Maurizio Sarri started in an eruption after Juventus lost to Lyon in Europe

A lively Maurizio Sarri started in an eruption after Juventus lost to Lyon in Europe

A furious Sarri said to Sky Sport Italia: “I can’t let the players understand how important it is to move the ball quickly.”

“It’s hard to explain why, but our first half moved the ball too slowly, with no motion, so the opposition naturally pressed, reclaimed the ball and even scored.”

When asked what was missing in the match, Sarri had no problem making it clear that his side was missing on multiple fronts.

Sarri waved on the sidelines when Juve put down a poor performance without a shot

Sarri waved on the sidelines when Juve put down a poor performance without a shot

Sarri waved on the sidelines when Juve put down a poor performance without a shot

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co could not click into gear and must now organize a comeback in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co could not click into gear and must now organize a comeback in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co could not click into gear and must now organize a comeback in Italy

“We lacked determination and aggression when attacking, and the defensive also failed for 15 minutes,” the Italian added. “We were unlucky to admit when De Ligt was injured.”

“The second half was better, but frankly it’s not enough for a Champions League match. I don’t know why, I can’t let the players understand how important it is to move the ball quickly.

“This is fundamental, we will continue to work on it and sooner or later this concept will come to mind.

“I kept telling them, and there were many who did it, moved the ball too slowly and therefore got into the wrong positions.”

Juve now has to host Lyon in the second leg at the Allianz Stadium, knowing that they have to score at least once without an answer to bring the confrontation to extra time.

In household matters, the old lady is still on top of the pile, although only at a lonely point after 25 games played.

Lazio is one point behind in second place, while rivals Inter Milan are four points behind in third place, but have a game in hand to play.

This has pushed up the pressure on Sarri, with the club threatening not to keep the Serie A title for the ninth consecutive season.

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