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Sarri frustrated with Juve’s ‘passive’ display against Napoli

Maurizio Sarri, Juventus
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Maurizio Sarri says Juventus lacked intensity and drive during their defeat to Napoli last night.

Juventus loosened their grip at the top of the table after suffering only their second defeat in Serie A against Napoli last night.

Piotr Zielinski gave his side the lead while Lorenzo Insigne added another in the late stages to round off a 2-1 win. Cristiano Ronaldo did manage to snatch away Napoli’s clean sheet but it only proved to be a consolation for Juve.

Juve boss Maurizio Sarri, expectedly, was furious with his team’s performance. After the match, Sarri remarked that Juventus showed a lack of drive and intensity insisting that those were the qualities very unlike from his players.

“We were passive for the entire match,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“Thought we could play with a slow tempo, taking five touches, always distant between areas, extremely bland. It was a bad game. We had the wrong approach, intensity and psychological interpretation, which was followed by physical interpretation. This cannot be us, evidently.

“We put Napoli into a situation where they only had to do the bare minimum to beat us. It was as if we were in slow motion and nothing worked. It was all through the team.”