Maurizio Sarri has said that he expects to see an open game of football when the Bianconeri make the trip to the San Paolo for Saturday evening.
The Neapolitan coach, renowned for his propensity for possession-based, attack-minded football, acknowledged that Massimiliano Allegri’s men would also set out to dictate the rhythm of play, thus presenting a very different task to that which faced them in their goalless draw with Carpi two days ago.
Speaking to the media just after observing the Partonopei’s training session, he began: “We always look to be in control of the match, but I believe that’s also Juventus’ aim. I expect an open encounter with one of the two sides eventually taking the upper hand.
"On Wednesday we came across a team that came out to defend and they gave us some tricky moments. My players, however, showed great energy and tried to unlock their rearguard, but in the end we couldn’t quite manage it. The boys ran a lot and that’s backed up by the data.”
After collecting six points from their first five fixtures, the Partonopei have made their worst start to a Serie A season since 2009.
However, Sarri stressed the need to take each game at a time, as the players settle into a new way of playing since the 56-year-old’s arrival from Empoli in the summer.
And he was also quick to deny that Massimiliano Allegri’s charges were suffering a ‘crisis’ of their own after making a similarly slow beginning to their domestic campaign.
“Right now we’ve a head-to-head decider for the middle-to-lower part of the table, but I’m realistic and I know that they’re a side that is writing the history of Italian football and came close to doing the same on the European front. We’ve only just started a project and so now is not the time to be talking about long-term objectives.
“Juventus played well against Frosinone in a match that somehow ended up finishing 1-1. I would hardly say that they’re in a crisis. They made mistakes in the first two games and have had some injuries and new players to bed in. But I would be very wary of terming them a side in difficulty. We know that they’re capable of stringing together ten wins in a row, while that’s not yet clear with Inter.”