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Martusciello: ‘Sarri was still angry!’

August 24, 2019

Juventus assistant manager Giovanni Martusciello revealed that coach Maurizio Sarri was still angry, despite the Bianconeri winning 1-0 in their season opener against Parma.

Juve took the lead with a goal from captain Giorgio Chiellini but wasted a number of other good chances to increase their lead.

“It was hot out there and led to quite a few errors, but in the first half it was a good performance against a tough Parma side on their own turf,” Martusciello told Sky Sport Italia.

“Above all, we did well to avoid the situations on the counter-attack where Parma are very strong. There was a dip in intensity after the break and that made it a more even game.

“The first match of the season always has question marks and we could’ve done better with the first half chances, but overall that is fine.

“This is a team full of champions. Choices must be made and today we opted for the more experienced players, but it’s a long season with many tournaments and we’ll need everyone.

“I think the choice was made because Higuain has more experience in that centre-forward role. Taking a gamble in the first game of the season would’ve been unnecessary, while Pipita had also been doing very well in training over the last few days.

“Right now, Higuain is on the same level as Dybala, they are interchangeable and it depends on how various players and their characteristics combine.

“Parma are difficult to beat here, as shown by the last 10 Juventus visits, which were always tight and hard-fought. The important thing was to win and we did that.

“I heard from Sarri at half-time and then at the final whistle, so he was happier at the end, but being an eternal perfectionist, he was still quite angry!

“Sarri has improved since I last worked with him. He smokes less, for a start, and that is definitely an improvement! He also is more hands-on with the players and training, whereas before he would often delegate to his staff.

“He can get distracted by other issues off the field, but I saw him more focused on the important things.”

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