Sarri: ‘Juve fortunate in Bergamo’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Maurizio Sarri admits Juventus were “fortunate” to beat Atalanta, sharing Pep Guardiola’s admiration, with injury updates on Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi. The Bianconeri barely troubled Pierluigi Gollini until Gonzalo Higuain’s equaliser, but they ran out 3-1 winners in Bergamo thanks to a Pipita brace and Paulo Dybala. “It was an entertaining game with tempo and intensity, the kind you don’t usually see in Serie A,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “We lost our heads after their missed penalty, thinking of everything except the game of football and allowed Atalanta to take total control. They deservedly went in front. “We were fortunate to score the equaliser in a chaotic move against the run of play and from there on showed belief we could win it.” When Douglas Costa came on, it was effectively a 4-3-3 formation. “I moved Dybala in an attempt to stop Atalanta pouring down the flanks, so we could get a handle on the game again. That system uses up a lot of energy on the midfield. We struggled with Atalanta because we didn’t cover the ball enough in midfield. “Atalanta’s wingers were constantly coming forward, while ours were at times caught in-between. I think everyone will struggle in Bergamo and Pep Guardiola was absolutely right in saying that facing Atalanta is like going to the dentist – even if you emerge relieved, it’ll still hurt. “In the final minutes, we started to attack the spaces that were opening up, whereas we didn’t do that enough before.” Cristiano Ronaldo was left behind in Turin, despite scoring four goals for Portugal. “I hope he’ll be back for the Champions League on Tuesday. He has this little problem that is above all affecting him in training, as he’s struggling to train consistently. “A lot depends on how the lad feels, the fatigue and the need he has at any moment to rest. He felt, and I fully agreed, it was important right now to find a way of training that wouldn’t put extra pressure on the knee. “It’s a solid knee, there are no lesions, but constantly having that pain does take it out of you. I was happy to rest him, as I felt the same way, that it was best to take this time to first of all rest and secondly analyse training methods to see how he could train differently.” Federico Bernardeschi had to be substituted during the first half after struggling to breathe. “Bernardeschi had a knock in his diaphragm and couldn’t breathe. He felt constantly like he was going to be sick, so we’ll see if there’s anything lasting or if it’s just a temporary knock. “Douglas Costa came on and immediately had a slight adductor issue, so we hope that’s not serious either.”last_img

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