Maurizio Sarri has reiterated that Juventus cannot play with three forwards as he expressed confidence in his side’s ability to bounce back from a disappointing draw with Sassuolo.
“Right now, playing three forwards is difficult due to the characteristics of the players,” he told a media conference.
“You can’t prohibit Dybala from dropping deep, and at the same time Cristiano’s characteristics are not to play too central. We must take some precautions to fill the penalty area more.”
Sarri also stated that the Sassuolo draw was likely down to having European exertions beforehand, but that he has been pleased with how his players have responded in training.
“It’s normal that after Champions League games there’s a drop in energy, mentality and confidence,” he said. “But from what I’ve seen in training I’m confident. As always, we have to respond on the pitch, getting three points is always important regardless of the game.
“It will be an important matchday for the teams high up in the table, I hope that our motivations are high.
“Lazio are a strong team with great quality. They are the best in Italy and among the best in Europe for getting into the last 25 metres. We need to keep them away from our area because they are very dangerous.
“Based on the average amount of points that they are picking up, Lazio have to be in the conversation for the fight for top.
“I expect a strong approach from Lazio, who will be very determined. We will have to resist it, come out and dictate the game how we want to.”