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      31.10.2014 19:35 - in: Serie A S

      Sarri calls for courageous Empoli display

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      The Azzurri boss urges his charges to show plenty of heart when they come up against the reigning champions tomorrow night in Tuscany

      Empoli boss Maurizio Sarri believes his side will have to show plenty of heart if they are to stand any chance of coming away with a result against Juventus tomorrow evening in Tuscany.

      The 55-year-old, who led the Azzurri back into the top flight at the end of last season as Serie B runners-up, says his men must use a packed out Stadio Carlo Castellani and a lack of pressure to their advantage.  

      Speaking to the media before Saturday’s showdown, Sarri began: “We need to go out there with plenty of courage and even take the odd risk to try and cause them problems.

      “We’ve got a tough game ahead of us but the pressure’s off. It’s been a long time since Juventus lost two consecutive matches and they created a great deal in their last encounter, conceding right at the death.”

      “I don’t think the lads will need much motivating for this one: they will be up against top class players in front of a full house. We’ve got a slim chance of getting a result and we need to go for it.”

      The wonders worked by the Naples-born tactician during his two years with the club drew praise from Massimiliano Allegri in his pre-match press conference, and Sarri sought to repay the favour when asked about the strengths possessed by his opposite number.  

      He concluded: “Allegri’s great at managing a group and he’s shown it again this year, coming into a new environment and offering slight but continual improvements.”

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