Juventus had a mental decline after wrapping up Serie A – Sarri

The Italian tactician admits his side had switched off and hopes poor recent results spark a positive response

Maurizio Sarri believes “a little fear can do us good” after seeing Juventus prepare for their crucial Champions League tie against Lyon by losing 3-1 to Roma on the final weekend of the Serie A season.

Juve saw a 39-match unbeaten home league run dating back to April 2018 ended as Diego Perotti scored twice after setting up Nikola Kalinic to cancel out Gonzalo Higuain’s opener at the Allianz Stadium.

The Bianconeri were crowned champions for the ninth straight season despite winning just two of their final eight league matches, with head coach Sarri conceding his team dropped mentally after beating Lazio on July 20.

Sarri acknowledges Juve face a tricky task against a Lyon side who won the first leg of their last-16 clash 1-0 before the coronavirus pandemic halted the tie, but feels their recent struggles may end up focusing minds.

“A little fear can do us good. After Lazio we felt the championship was won and we had a mental decline,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia

“Now we have to be good at having an opponent’s consideration. We will start from 1-0 [down] and it will be very difficult in these conditions.”

On Friday, Lyon played their first competitive fixture since March due to Ligue…

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