Sarri after Juventus defeat:’My players are physically and mentally tired’

Maurizio Sarri has defended his Juventus team after the Bianconeri suffered a shock loss to Udinese on Thursday. Juve could have wrapped up their ninth consecutive Serie A title but were surprisingly beaten by Udine, who jumped into fifteenth position. Sarri told reporters after the game that his players are simply tired.

“In this period, we are physically and mentally tired, and it is a problem common to all,” the Juventus head coach said following the defeat. 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.”

On Sunday Juventus will receive another chance to win the title when they host Sampdoria. Sarri says he his focus wil be fully on that game and not the return of the Champions League against Lyon in August. “At the moment I am not thinking about the Champions League, in my mind there is only Sampdoria and Sunday’s match,” he said. “We have to be on the ball and then we’ll think about the cup.”