One day before the first friendly match of the season, tomorrow at the National Stadium in Singapore against Tottenham (7.30pm local time, 1.30pm Italian time), Maurizio Sarri and Mattia De Sciglio took the floor during a press conference. Many themes touched, from the challenge against Tottenham to the condition of the team after just over a week of training.
Sarri and De Sciglio's press conference in Singapore
"We want to become a team with its own identity and we want to have fun. A group of people who have fun can give more on the pitch. Here, I've found a very peaceful environment and there is commitment on everyone's part. At the Italian level we start as favorites, but in Europe there are 10 to 11 teams of the level of Juventus and the difficulties of the competition are very high."
Sarri then spoke of tomorrow's match against the Spurs. "You will not be able to see a good match. The weather conditions are difficult and two tired teams will face each other as preparation for the season gets underway. I'd like to see the mental aspect of my players more than the physical ones. De Ligt will play tomorrow."
The conversation then moved to Ronaldo. "Cristiano will start on the left in attack but he is so strong that he can play anywhere."
DE SCIGLIO'S SAY
"We have changed a lot compared to the other years. The method of Mr. Sarri is totally different. Tomorrow against Tottenham, we will try to show what we have worked on in the first week of training. From my personal point of view, the stimulus of the team is very high. We have a very strong team, as we have had in recent years. The new players who have arrived are of excellent quality and are immediately ready to compete for the group.”