Hellas Verona boss Andrea Mandorlini says he expects a strong response from his side as they look to banish the memories of Thursday’s 6-1 defeat to Juventus at the first time of asking tomorrow night.
The experienced coach, 54, put the resounding nature of the Coppa Italia last 16 scoreline down to his team’s lapses in concentration and the general gulf in class between the two sides.
But he is adamant they can turn the page and atone for their errors on Sunday, when the return of several key Gialloblu players will bolster their hopes of exacting revenge.
Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s depature for Turin, Mandorlini said: “I don’t think it will be difficult to do better than we did in midweek. We lacked focus and were punished by a Juventus side with great qualities. You need to make fewer mistakes against the bigger sides, they’re unforgiving and have players who can pounce the minute you slip up.
“We’ve been preparing this one since Friday and tomorrow we need to go out there and give it a good go. It will be a different game, featuring different players. This is decision that had already been made, regardless of Thursday’s result. We know that Juventus will be fired up and well aware that there’s another game ahead for them.”