- Title: Lazio are dangerous warns Juve's Sarri
- Date: 21st December 2019
- Summary: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** JUVENTUS TRAINING / LEONARDO BONUCCI PLAYING JUVENTUS MANAGER, MAURIZIO SARRI, WATCHING TRAINING JUVENTUS PLAYER, CRISTIANO RONALDO, TRAINING JUVENTUS MANAGER, MAURIZIO SARRI, AND JUVENTUS DEFENDER, LEONARDO BONUCCI, ENTER NEWS CONFERENCE CLOSE OF SUPERCOPPA ITALIANA TROPHY SARRI BONUCCI (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS MANAGER, MAURIZIO SARRI, SAYING: "I don't know if we moved forwards or backwards, I only know that lately I am having fun both during the training sessions and the matches. This is for me an essential side, if I am having fun it is because I feel that team is playing or it's trying to play the kind of football I suggested to them. If I am having fun it is also because I have the feeling that we have a lot of faults but that we can work on them and get over them. The target must always be utopian, so that we can have the motivation to improve. If we chose always perfection as a target, we are always disappointed and if we are always disappointed we will always have a reason to improve." JUVENTUS TRAINING CRISTIANO RONALDO SARRI (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS MANAGER, MAURIZIO SARRI, SAYING: "Not for the league. This is a one off match, it's a final and it's valuable only for the Supercoppa, the league is a different story. In a one off match Lazio is even more dangerous. Lazio is a very strong team, physically and technically and it is unbelievable that last year they didn't reach the Champions League. With one of the strongest centre forward's in Italy and a striker who scored 17 goals in 16 matches Lazio has all the elements to be a great team. This is the reason why this is a very difficult match." CRISTIANO RONALDO SARRI PAULO DYBALA SUPERCOPPA TROPHY (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS DEFENDER, LEONARDO BONUCCI, SAYING: "The match played against Lazio a few weeks ago in Rome taught us that in some matches detail and episodes make the difference. It's a matter of small things that ultimately change the results. As we said after the match in Rome, we had the chance to close it and we didn't then the episodes against us led to Lazio bringing the victory home. We know that we are facing a team in perfect psychological and physical shape, but on our side, we are coming from a series of very positive games both on a performance and a result level. This makes us hope for tomorrow because the target is always to get to the maximum." GIANLUIGI BUFFON MIRALEM PJANIC GONZALO HIGUAIN, DOUGLAS COSTA AND PAULO DYBALA VARIOUS OF PAVEL NEDVED
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- Keywords: Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Lazio Supercoppa Italia
- Location: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
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- Story Text: Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri warned his players that Lazio are a dangerous team to face in the Supercoppa Italiana final.
The Italian rivals play each other in the final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday (December 22), where Juventus, who have won eight Serie A titles in a row, will be looking for revenge against the Rome-based side.
Lazio beat Juventus 3-1 earlier this month, allowing Inter to take the lead at the top of the Serie A table.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said his side learned from that defeat and that recent performances have given them confidence for Sunday's Supercoppa match.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are all expected to feature for Sarri's side, but they will also have to stop Lazio striker, Ciro Immobile, who has scored an outstanding 17 goals in 15 games in the league this season.
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