After a few poor performances the pressure is certainly increasing on Maurizio Sarri to get Juventus back on track as soon as possible. The Bianconeri were mere minutes away recently from snatching a hefty lead at the top of the Serie A table, and instead find themselves embroiled in a three-way battle for the title now, with a Coppa Italia semi-final against the suddenly-rejuvenated AC Milan tomorrow.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Sarri dismissed any suggestions that the heat was on him.
“If I didn’t want to face examinations I would’ve taken a job at the post office. This is the job.
“We are on target to reach the objectives we set out at the start of the season. Of course in matches were things go wrong there are reflections to be made.”
Media was rife with rumours that the manager had been summoned to speak with club President Andrea Agnelli following the latest disappointment, losing 2-1 at Hellas Verona last weekend.
“We were supposed to have dinner after the Fiorentina game, I was at Coverciano, and the President had commitments and so it was arranged for later.
“We had a normal dinner, however it was planned.”
Douglas Costa is out again with his latest injury, but Sarri is not necessarily concerned.
“We have a large squad, which has always led Juve coaches to use more systems. Also we are ready to adapt to other formations with giving valuations on the individuals too.”
Despite the criticism Miralem Pjanic has recently received, the manager is adamant that he will be fine.
“No, for me his best position is the one he currently plays in. He has good quality as a trequartista, but he isn’t playing in that position right now.
“He started the season in good form, now he is suffering from fatigue, but he will return to his level, it’s normal that this can happen during the season.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is on a Juve record ten-game scoring streak in league action, but will he feature against Milan tomorrow?
“We will see, I have spoken with him and he told me he is feeling well. We will evaluate on a game-by-game basis.”