Ahead of their Champions League game with Juve, Lyon boss Rudi Garcia has jumped in defence of Maurizio Sarri who did just enough to lift the Serie A title.
Juventus and Lyon will lock horns when they meet in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg clash on Friday.
Ahead of that clash, Juve bos Maurizio Sarri has come under intense criticism for his side’s recent loss of form.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company could only manage two wins out of their last five games, even though they won the title. That loss of form saw Inter close down the Serie A gap to just one point at the end of the final round of fixtures
Taking a closer look at Juventus, they have more or less struggled this term. They’ve had to mostly rely on individual brilliance from the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala. Under Sarri, Juve also conceded the most goals for a Serie A champion in over a decade.
Despite all of the recent criticism so far, Lyon coach heaped praise on Sarri’s work and insists Juve only dropped form because they already won the league with games to spare.
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“I have seen the Bianconeri games,” Garcia told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I know that there are those who say they didn’t play well.”
“I reply that Juve won the League in 36 games, and not just because the opponents dropped.”
“If they had needed the points in the last few games, they would have picked them up. We can say that they play worse than before, but they are the strongest.”
“What do people want? That the team win right? They have it in their DNA and any coach who arrives must cultivate it.”
“Sarri did it and won, and now his play is being judged. All I say is that they were still the best.”
Sarri himself implied similar as he expects his side to come out stronger and motivated against Lyon on Friday.