News ID: 262681
Published: 0309 GMT December 08, 2019

‘Red card changed everything’, Sarri says after first Juve defeat

‘Red card changed everything’, Sarri says after first Juve defeat

Maurizio Sarri was not too concerned after Juventus suffered its first defeat of the season, 3-1 against Lazio, saying “The red card changed everything.”

The Bianconeri had been the only team remaining in Europe’s top five leagues which was unbeaten in all competition, but that run came to an end at the Stadio Olimpico, Football Italia reported.

“I thought we had a good first half, doing very, very well, but unfortunately allowed that goal right on the stroke of halftime,” Sarri told DAZN.

“The second half was dominated by incidents, most of which went against us, but when it was 11 against 11, we did very well.”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luiz Felipe had it at 1-1 when Juan Cuadrado saw red for interrupting a clear Manuel Lazzari scoring opportunity.

This opened the floodgates, as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Felipe Caicedo turned the game around completely.

It could have been even worse, but Wojciech Szczesny saved the Ciro Immobile’s penalty.

“We didn’t respect our duties, because players were in the wrong position, it was a distraction and you pay for that. We had decided before the game on certain positions and we didn’t cover them,” continued Sarri.

The referee had initially showed Cuadrado a yellow, but changed his decision to a red after an on-field VAR review.

“I do not entirely agree that it was a clear scoring opportunity, as the ball was going wide. I thought a yellow card was the right ruling, as the red was a little harsh, but the fact remains that is out of our control and we made a mistake to create the situation in the first place,” added the Italian.

This was the first competitive defeat of the season for Juventus, but Sarri is not concerned.

“I didn’t see many mistakes in the first half, we passed it around well and had the chance to make it 2-0 with Cristiano’s header. We were perhaps a little slow to react on the corner, which sparked their goal.

“In the second half, when the game seemed to be in a more balanced state, the red card changed everything. We lost the match, but to be honest, I saw improvements in my team.”


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