UEFA Champions League

SARRI: "WE WERE CAREFUL AND INTENSE"

Juventus' coach Maurizio Sarri spoke in his post-match press conference following the 2-0 away victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

I was very happy with how the team applied themselves and how they wanted to get the result. It was a dangerous game, from this point of view, and, instead, we were careful and intense. At times we made technical mistakes, in others, we did much better. The attacking trio? It wasn’t the moment to have them together in the first half, in the second half, large spaces were opened and, therefore, conditions were created to make them perform at their best. Now the best in Europe remain, and whoever meets us will be a team of great depth. For the draw, we have no preferences. From now on, we must be at the top of our game; if you miss a step you risk going out. Now it is important for us to play a little less. We can work, recover the injured players, and progress. Champions League favourites? If I have to respond, Manchester City."

It is clear that Ronaldo is a superior player, he won the Ballon d’Or five times. But this is not enough to win always, and in any case, we must put him in a position to make the best of it. Demiral? They all had a good game at the back; Merih is aggressive, explosive and fast, and he gave signs of safety and physical dominance. But then again, the backline did very well, and it's something that gives me great satisfaction. Buffon played well, in the first half he was called into action, giving a sense of security.”

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