After the last championship in 1996, Juventus certainly craved the European Champions League title again. Moreover, they have failed four times in the final round. Coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed this, but it is also important to maintain the Scudetto.
Juventus managed to solidify their position at the top of the Italian Serie A standings thanks to a narrow 2-1 victory over SPAL last Saturday (02/22). Coach Mauruzio Sarri saw a positive development of the performance of his players in the match.
However, Sarri was aware that the demands he faced at Juventus were enormous. The public hopes the players can perform brilliantly throughout the 90 minutes of the match.
“It depends on what people expect. This team is developing, I think and hope we have a large margin for improvement, especially in the consistency of our performance and intensity for 90 minutes,” Sarri said, as reported by Tribal Football.
With that victory, Juve are now six points ahead of Inter Milan, while the rival hasn’t played his 25th week. But the next match is no less difficult, they will face Lyon in the first leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League.
Of course, fans hope Juve qualifies and wins the competition. Sarri was also aware of the importance of the European Champions League title for the Tifosi, but he also stressed that it was still important to maintain the Scudetto.
“Our goal must be to win the Scudetto and the Champions League is a dream. In life sometimes it’s good to pursue your dreams and lose your goals. This is a competition that is within the range of 10-12 teams, so whoever wins in the end is not only the best, but also the luckiest,” said the former Napoli manager.
Chelsea is the closest example of how difficult competition with the knockout system is. Last season, he managed to deliver the Blues Europa League champions.
“Last season Chelsea played in the Europa League with 13 wins and two draws, but we risk going out in one round and having to qualify on penalties.” he explained.
The match against Lyon will take place on Thursday morning, 27 February 2020.