Maurizio Sarri admits Juventus will have to play according to Lyon’s abilities but insists the result of the game has no impact on his future.
There is all to play for Maurizio Sarri and his team when they host Lyon in the Champions League second-leg clash on Friday.
The Bianconeri go into this fixture trailing by a goal and will need to put out their best foot from start to finish.
While going all out to chase that early goal, Sarri concedes they must not forget about Lyon’s abilities. Les Gones are well known for their counter-attacking approach and the Italian manager is aware Juve must play to neutralize that threat.
“We need a great performance, certainly. Lyon have evolved and become far more solid since moving to three at the back, playing with density in midfield and also pace on the counter.”
“With the first leg result too, it’s a very tough game we need to approach with calm and focus,” Sarri said in his press conference via the club’s website.
“Unfortunately, losing the first leg means we are forced to play a game that most suits their approach to the counter-attack. Memphis Depay is an important player to get back, so it’s very difficult, but still entirely possible.”
Despite winning the Serie A, Sarri has come under criticism for Juventus’ style of play and lack-luster displays. Some rumors have claimed the fixture tomorrow could decide the manager’s fate at the club. The manager was asked if it could be his last game for Juve.
“No, and I think this question is essentially calling our directors amateurish, which I don’t think they are. They will have made their evaluation based on the entire season as a whole, so if they’ve already decided to get a new coach, tomorrow won’t make any difference, nor will a victory.”
“It’s an important match, but it’s also important to win the Scudetto and so we’ve had plenty of those already this season. It would be important to be part of Europe’s elite by reaching the Final Eight tournament in Portugal, so we care about it, but that makes it an important match, not anything else.”