Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists his side have to neglect their upcoming trip to Inter Milan and instead focus on their Champions League meeting Bayer Leverkusen
For the first time in years, the Bianconeri face fierce competition in their pursuit of the Serie A glory even though Napoli tried to spoil the party over the past couple of seasons.
Led by an iron fist of Antonio Conte, the Nerazzurri have announced their candidacy for the league title, making it six wins out of six Serie A outings this term.
Back-to-back wins over AC Milan and Lazio, as well as, thirteen goals scored and just two conceded to date confirms that there is a genuine threat to the Old Lady’s quest for their ninth successive Serie A crown.
Conte and his crew will look to maintain a 100% start when they take on Juventus at the Giuseppe Meazza next weekend, but Maurizio Sarri thinks it’s too early to think about the trip to Lombardy.
“We can’t think about Inter now,” the Italian tactician said in the pre-Bayer Leverkusen conference.
“Bayer is only one point behind Bayern Munich and are the Bundesliga team with the best physical qualities, as well as having excellent runners.
“It’ll be a hugely difficult contest, and it would be a crazy mistake to think beyond tomorrow. In this competition, incidents can be crucial.
“The only objective I’ve set for myself is to get through the group, then we’ll see. We must be carefree when taking to the field. The Champions League mustn’t become an obsession.
“Right now it’s very difficult for Italian teams to be favorites in the Champions League: for me, the English sides are favorites.”
Juventus will entertain Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night after which they will return to their league commitments.
Although the reigning Serie A champions trail Inter by two points ahead of their trip to Milano, Sarri should be pleased to know that his side have lost only once in their previous nine league visits to the Giuseppe Meazza.
In fact, the Turin giants have come out on top in three of their last five Serie A encounters with the Nerazzurri, preventing the Milanese outfit from winning a single match in that period.