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Maurizio Sarri urges showboats Juventus to focus on result

Maurizio Sarri, Juventus, Bologna, Serie A
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Maurizio Sarri wasn’t happy with the way his players focused on showing-off instead of finishing Bologna despite Juventus winning 2-1 anyway.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic’s goals made it eight wins out of a possible 10 since Sarri’s arrival. Furthermore, Saturday’s victory over Bologna enabled Juventus to build a four-point lead in the Serie A for the time being.

Although Bologna did give the Bianconeri a run for their money, with Danilo Larangeira taking just seven minutes to cancel out Ronaldo’s opener.

The visitors even challenged for a second in Turin before a defensive mix-up allowed Pjanic to put Juventus back in front. However, goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski’s superb saves from Gonzalo Higuain and Ronaldo kept them in the game.

But Gianluigi Buffon denied Bologna an equaliser by producing a brilliant late save from Federico Santander. It came just moments after Juventus escaped a penalty appeal against Matthijs de Ligt.

For Sarri, though, the manner in which his attacking players chose to showboat instead of finishing off Bologna was unacceptable.

“It was a good game, tainted by some mistakes,” said the Juventus boss via Fox Sports.

“The boundary between dribbling in a productive way and becoming a bit superficial, however, is thin: for 40 minutes we did it well, for five minutes incorrectly.

“You have to dribble with substance and not just for the sake of it.

“We must manage the result and the energy levels. We have to secure games and in the second half we had the chance to do so.”

Pjanic, meanwhile, felt Juventus deservedly took home all three points despite the late scare from Bologna.

“We deserved it,” said the midfielder.

“We had to score one more goal to secure the result but in the end they are three precious points, after the [international] break it is never easy.”

Juventus will return to action on Tuesday in a Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow in Turin.