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Sarri: ‘We’ll see about rotation’

September 20, 2019

Maurizio Sarri hinted that he may rotate the Juventus starting eleven against Hellas Verona, despite calling it an ‘obsession’ in Italy.

The Bianconeri host Hellas Verona on Saturday and with the tougher games out of the way and injuries piling up, it was suggested that the Juve coach may swap out some of his starting players.

“We’ll see the situation because we have one more training session,” Sarri told the gathered press

“We’ll decide accordingly. In Italy we’re obsessed with rotation. I played over 60 games in England last season and there are teams that do it all with 14 players.

“Perhaps we use up more mental energy here than physical. When something isn’t working, I like to understand why and improve it.

“With regards to high balls, it was a lapse in concentration and aggression that we can resolve.

“Right now, the team must find strong organisation and we can do so only by having consistency in key positions. We’ll make changes if someone is tired.

“Ronaldo is seeing much more of the ball than in the past. It’s never easy to get shots off against Atletico, but he managed three.

“He always expects a lot of himself and when he has a good game, he doesn’t seem to have done anything exceptional.

“However, he did something exceptional in the 94th minute, which didn’t come off due to a bit of luck. He can grow like the rest of the team.”

Paulo Dybala has yet to make any starts for the Bianconeri this season but did come on against Atleti, while Bernardeschi is covering for Douglas Costa on the wing.

“If I didn’t think he was ready, I wouldn’t brought him on at a decisive moment. Maybe he’s not yet at the top of his game, but he’s able to give us a hand.

“In the future, I see Bernardeschi becoming a specialist midfielder and not a winger.

“However, right now I need him in attack. We’ll help him do his best: he’s a player with great quality.”

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