Maurizio Sarri Believes His Players Are Physically And Mentally Tired Following Udinese Loss

Following recent poor outing in the Serie A since the restart of the season, Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri has discussed the frequency of matches after shock loss to Udinese on Thursday.

 

Sarri believes Juventus are "physically and mentally tired" after losing to Udinese on Thursday.

 

Juventus would have been lucky enough to win the Scudetto on Thursday, with Sarri's team knowing that if they win, they would officially gotten their ninth consecutive domestic triumph.

 

After Matthijs de Ligt brought Juve to the track just before half-time to clinch the Serie A title, relegation-threatened Udinese hit back with two goals in the second half to secure the victory.

 

Ilija Nestorovski equalized just seven minutes into the second half, before Seko Fofana clinched a spectacular winner in the 92nd minute, as Juve are now six points ahead with three games remaining.

 

Atalanta are currently in second place with 74 points, with Inter and Lazio just hiding behind with 73 and 72 points, respectively.

 

Despite the Serie A title theirs to lose, Sarri complained about his side's fatigue having played six games already this month.

Speaking after the defeat as quoted by Sports Central, the Juventus manager said: "In this period, we are physically and mentally tired, and it is a problem common to all. "For this reason, being aggressive is something more tiring and, therefore, now what matters most is order, because the inertia of a game changes very easily. "It is difficult to keep it throughout the match and sometimes, like today, we lose it.

Instead, Juve will have the chance to clinch a ninth straight Serie A title when they face Sampdoria on Sunday and there are only three games left in the Italian season.

Sarri has said he is fully focused on this clash, not the Champions League meeting with Lyon next month.

He said: "At the moment I am not thinking about the Champions League, in my mind there is only Sampdoria and Sunday's match. "We have to be on the ball and then we'll think about the cup.

While Sarri remains focused on the immediate future, Juventus director Fabio Paratici revealed that the Serie A holders will look improve their squad at the end of the season in an effort to continue their run of dominance.

Speaking to Sky Sport as cited by Sports Central, Paratici said: "Improve this team? We try to do it every year, we will try to do it again this year. "These years have been extraordinary results, winning, winning and winning is still not absolutely simple. Maybe we will understand it in 20 years when we look at the roll of honour. "We are Juve, we have this responsibility, this pressure which is pleasant. I see that all the clubs have achieved their goals, but nobody says that their goal was the championship. Instead, we do it every year. If nobody wants to win, we'll take it.

After the clash against Sampdoria, Sarri and Juventus will travel to Cagliari three days later before ending the season with a home game against Roma.

As soon as those games are over, Juve will host Lyon, who will travel to Italy as they are 1-0 ahead in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

 

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