Sarri unhappy with Ronaldo's form after Cup final loss
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri feels Cristiano Ronaldo is lacking match sharpness after the Portuguese put up another indifferent performance, according to his own high standards, against Napoli in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday
Rome : Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri feels Cristiano Ronaldo is lacking match sharpness after the Portuguese put up another indifferent performance, according to his own high standards, against Napoli in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday.
The summit clash went into penalties after regulation time ended goalless. Napoli prevailed 4-2 as they won their sixth Coppa Italia crown.
Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net in back-to-back matches and Sarri stated he didn't say anything to the players after the game as he was disappointed just like them.
"He's in the same shape as the others, like Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, he is lacking the sharpness to do what works best for him,' Sarri told RAI as per Daily Mail.
"I didn't say much to the players after the game. I was angry and disappointed just like them, so at these moments it's best to stay silent."
Ronaldo was set to take the last penalty kick but his chance never came as teammates Paulo Dybala and Danilo wasted their respective kicks.
Napoli scorers were Lorenzo Insigne, Matteo Politano, Nikola Maksimovic and Arkadiusz Milik. Leonardo Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey scored for the Bianconeri.
"Right now, however, we lack brilliance and without that brilliance it becomes more difficult to beat the man, which our players are usually used to doing easily, and finding other solutions," the former Chelsea manager said.
"Two 0-0s are an unprecedented fact and I think it is characteristic of this period."
"We deserved this Cup," Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret told RAI public broadcaster. "We are thrilled; we gave everything from the first minute to the last."
This was the 12th time the two sides met in a Coppa Italia final. The last time was in May 2012, when Napoli won the trophy with a 2-0 win. The previous 11 matches ended in five Juventus victories, four Napoli wins, and two draws.
The match was televised live across the five continents in over 200 countries, including China.