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Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina

Maurizio Sarri, Juventus
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Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.

After missing Juventus’ first two matches due to pneumonia, Sarri finally made his first appearance in the dugout at Fiorentina. However, he couldn’t enjoy his debut with victory as the club dropped points for the first time this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from his four-goal heroics for Portugal, had a frustrating time trying to repeat his feats during the international break. He simply couldn’t offer his team-mates any support, and provided little threat upfront.

He was by no means, though, the only one to underperform. The likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Matthijs de Ligt all had forgettable afternoons for the Bianconeri.

Injuries then hindered Sarri’s gameplan as Douglas Costa and Pjanic seemingly suffered hamstring and thigh problems respectively. While new signing Danillo suffered cramps and had to come off.

But Sarri refused to give any definite answers on the trio’s availability for Juventus’ trip to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the Champions League.

“Douglas Costa seems a slightly worse injury,” the Old Lady boss told Sky Sport Italia.

“Pjanic had a knock to the muscle during the week and it kept irritating him today, so we need more tests tomorrow.”

On the 0-0 draw, Sarri said: “We didn’t put in a good quality performance, it was a very complicated situation, as Fiorentina played well and we used up all our substitutions with injuries and had no more fresh legs to introduce.

“With all those variables, we did well in terms of character to get a point out of it. We lost possession too many times, which may also be a consequence of physical issues.

“Playing in mid-afternoon in Florence when it’s realistically still summer is tough for everyone.”

Sarri added: “When the team defends deeper, we need the forwards to come back and help more.

“We had difficulty on a purely technical level and I am confident a team with less personality would’ve lost. That is the positive and certainly a valuable quality to have a team that can fight it out for a point even when not in great shape.

“It was evident after 30 minutes that this was going to be extremely difficult.”

Sporting director Fabio Paratici, meanwhile, confirmed that striker Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus this month for Qatar.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
FLORENCE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 14: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.