Juventus lost to Udinese midweek raising alarm bells in Turin as the Old Lady make a meal of their impending Serie A triumph.
Draw against Udinese would have ensured Juventus their ninth successive Serie A title.
The champions did not want to share the points and went for the kill. Udinese hit them on the break and the Old Lady was consigned to a 2-1 defeat on the road.
The defeat delayed the inevitable and Juve coach, Maurizio Sarri, is unfazed by the result. He played down the defeat ahead of their match against Sampdoria and stated he prefers it this way.
Sarri also explained the reasons behind their defeat. The former Chelsea coach shared how Juventus lost their shape during the attack and had to pay the price as a result.
“We want to achieve our objective without losing our heads. We’ve got until August 2 to reach our goal and, as I’ve always said, getting close to it counts for absolutely nothing,” said the coach in his press conference.
“We lost our shape and organization in Udine, but the positive aspect is we did that because we were trying so hard to win. I prefer that as a reason to lose rather than being passive, which is what we experienced a few other times. I like that desire to win, but we weren’t perfect in the execution.
“This is not a typical situation, nobody had ever played for the league title in July. Having said that, we can and must be far more solid. There are some blackouts lately, but the Udinese one wasn’t complacency, it was trying too hard.”
With three games remaining in the season, Juventus have a five-point lead at the top. Atalanta could have closed in on them but could only manage a 1-1 draw against AC Milan.