Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri says his side must achieve their objective of winning the Serie A title without ‘losing their heads’.
The Bianconeri could have been crowned champions on Wednesday, only to fumble a lead and fall to a shock 2-1 defeat against Udinese.
They now have a second chance of clinching what would be their ninth consecutive championship against Sampdoria on Sunday.
Juventus could be crowned champions on Sunday should they find a win over Sampdoria
The Bianconeri could have been crowned champions on Wednesday but lost to Udinese
And as reported by Football Italia, Sarri said in his pre-match that his side must not lose their heads.
He said: ‘We want to achieve our objective without losing our heads. We’ve got until August 2 to reach our goal and, as I’ve always said, getting close to it counts for absolutely nothing.
‘Fitness work is all the same for teams at the moment, which is non-existent, because we play every 72 hours. It’s impossible to do anything in these conditions.
‘We lost our shape and organisation in Udine, but the positive aspect is we did that because we were trying so hard to win. I prefer that as a reason to lose rather than being passive, which is what we experienced a few other times. I like that desire to win, but we weren’t perfect in the execution.’
The Bianconeri have surrendered 18 points from winning positions in the league this season.
Seko Fofana’s 92nd-minute winner for Udinese mean Juventus hold a five point lead over Atalanta, who have played one game more after they were held to a 1-1 draw against AC Milan on Friday.
Sarri says his side must achieve their Serie A title objectives without losing their heads
Only a win for Sarri’s side would clinch the title this weekend, before they play Calgliari and Roma in the next week.
The 61-year-old former Chelsea boss said: ‘This is an atypical situation, nobody had ever played for the league title in July.
‘Having said that, we can and must be far more solid. There are some blackouts lately, but the Udinese one wasn’t complacency, it was trying too hard.
‘Sampdoria have found their shape and can remain organised for most of a match. It’s no coincidence they’ve won five of their last nine games. They are tough to beat, but we have an objective in our minds and nobody must be more motivated than we are.’
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