Ex-Chelsea boss Sarri is telling Juventus centre-backs De Ligt and Bonucci to do the opposite of what they are used to doing in defence
Sept. 18, 2019
JUVENTUS centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he and defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt are still adjusting to Maurizio Sarri's tactics.
The Italian has claimed that the pair have been asked to do the opposite of what they are used to doing in defence ahead of the Champions League group stage clash against Atletico Madrid.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference about how Sarri wants the defence to play, Bonucci admitted: "It’s the opposite of what we’re used to."
Juve face Atletico without Giorgio Chiellini available, with the veteran player out for six months with a knee injury, while Atletico cannot rely on Diego Godin after he left to join Inter Milan in the summer.
Both men featured in the Round of 16 clash when the two teams faced each other last season, in which the Old Lady progressed to the quarter-finals.
Bonucci added: "They are two leaders. Giorgio is a big loss for us, both on the field and in the dressing room. Godin is an excellent defender and I really admire his qualities.
"Atletico have lost an important player, but they have moved on and we will try to ensure Giorgio’s absence isn’t felt.
“ De Ligt is going through an acclimatisation period, as am I to be honest, because the coach asks us to do more or less the opposite of what we were used to doing in defence.
"It might actually be simpler for us in the Champions League, as we’ll be against teams who come out and play rather than sit back and defend.
“We want to put Sarri ’s ideas into practice and enjoy our time on the ball.”
Juve have won two and drawn once out of their opening three games this season, while Atletico are coming off the back of a shock 2-0 loss against Real Sociedad.
The two teams faced each other in pre-season, with Diego Simeone's side winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Thomas Lemar and Joao Felix.
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