Sarri impressed with Lyon: ‘I was surprised how good their fitness was’

Maurizio Sarri knows his Juventus side will have to improve their performances if they want to beat Olympique Lyon in the Champions League next week. The Italians suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first leg in February and will now have to score at least two goals to go past the French club and reach the quarter finals.

“We must recharge our mental and physical batteries”, Sarri told reporters after Juventus lost 1-3 to AS Roma. “We did rather let go in the last few games, as perhaps after beating Lazio we felt as if the job was done, but it’s much harder to get that focus back. A little fear might do us good. We have to get back to feeling like it’s a real game with genuine consequences, but I have no doubts we will have a completely different attitude to the one we’ve seen in the last few games.”

Sarri watched Lyon play Paris Saint-Germain in the Coup de la Ligue final and the coach was impressed with Lyon. The final ended in a 0-0 draw and after 120 minutes of play PSG won the penalty shoot-out. “I watched Lyon for much of their game with PSG and was surprised at how good their fitness levels were. The problem with these entirely anomalous situations is that we don’t know how they will affect teams. I don’t know if we’ll be in better shape or they will.”

“The important thing is to judge our own season and not what those on the outside might think. I don’t believe that those who preceded me had bad seasons because they didn’t win the Champions League. Considering all the problems we had this term, we could very easily have lost the Scudetto, so we can be pretty happy to have won.”