23 September 2023
"We must learn from this defeat. As I have always said, we were not phenomena before this match and we have not become poor after this match. We were mentally weak and we need to improve on this, because today we lost important points. We weren't able to take advantage of the situations we created at the start, then we conceded a goal at the first time of asking, and paid dearly for it. I know the strengths and weaknesses of my players, and I knew that today would be tough. We must not get discouraged, we have an important match on Tuesday. Dusan Vlahovic? He had a couple of important situations and wasn't able to exploit them, but overall on a team level we didn't do well. Sassuolo is a team that tends to exploit the game and we found ourselves unprepared in these situations."
"A match like this must be a lesson. The championship is long, we weren't champions before, and we're not poor now, we have to continue working, aiming to improve every day. Today we made a mental mistake, we are a young team and we, the more experienced players, have to help the boys: this was a difficult evening and the responsibility must be shared. When we win, we win together, when things go like today, we must be even more united. Now we focus on Tuesday."