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Sarri: “Juventus is a team under construction”

Maurizio Sarri, Juventus, Hellas Verona, Serie A
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Maurizio Sarri played down concerns over Juventus’ early-season form by claiming the team remains “under construction” at the moment.

Sarri has gotten off to a relatively mixed start at Juventus as the team struggle to adapt to his unique brand of attacking football. However, Saturday’s 2-1 Serie A win over Hellas Verona will have eased some of the pressure on his shoulders.

It ended a two-match winless run for the Bianconeri, who suffered disappointing draws at Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid.

Although the victory in Turin was far from convincing as Miguel Veloso’s superb volley had put Verona into a surprise 20th-minute lead.

But Aaron Ramsey, who made his full debut during the match, equalised before the break with a long-range effort. A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in the second half then completed Juventus’ comeback.

The returning Gianluigi Buffon, who equalled Paolo Maldini’s record of 902 appearances at club level, then produced an excellent late save in goal.

Now Sarri has asked for patience as he continues to reshape the Juventus squad to his liking.

“Perhaps there was some mental fatigue because you need to immediately recharge the batteries a couple of days later,” the former Chelsea boss told Sky Sport Italia.

“With a lot of changes, you lose some balance, and that’s what we saw, as we played in fits and starts.

“This is a team under construction and you can tell.

“These players are accustomed to the Champions League and dealing with the fixture list.

“We did well to turn around a game that had become very difficult, but we need to improve our possession and our initial approach because we left it open and risked an equaliser at the end.

“It takes a long time to drill the defending movements into the team and right now they are not confident enough playing out from the back under pressure.”

Second-place Juventus remain within two points of leaders Inter Milan in the Serie A title battle.

Sarri’s men will next take a trip to the eighth-placed side Brescia on Tuesday for another league clash in Italy. A home game against SPAL will then come up four days later back in the Allianz Stadium in Turin.