Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri says Cristiano Ronaldo is 'lacking sharpness' after the Italian giants lost the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday evening in the hands of Napoli.
The clash between Napoli and Juventus ended in a goalless draw in regular time before the final was decided through a penalty shoot-out. Midfielder Paulo Dybala and Danilo missed their spot-kicks as Napoli registered a 4-2 win, helping coach Gennaro Gattuso to secure his first major trophy as a manager.
The result meant that it was first time for Ronaldo to suffer consecutive defeats in finals during his club career. The Portuguese did not take the penalty shootout out as he was been held for the final spot-kick and following the defeat Sarri claimed the former Real Madrid super start is still not at his best.
"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," he told RAI.
"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. ‘We’ll talk better tomorrow morning," he said after the match.
The former Chelsea head coach added that his side's lack of sharpness cost them against rivals Napoli.
"There is a disappointment for the club, the players and the fans, but at this moment we cannot do much more, because we are lacking sharpness,’ said the former Chelsea boss. We were missing a few players and had to make some different choices to usual, because our fitness levels are not optimal. We keep the ball well, but lack the sharpness to turn that into dangerous scoring opportunities."
"We are struggling to get past opposition players when taking men on, we have a team built on individuals who can usually do that very well. I don’t think we’re lacking determination, because we were totally concentrated for 90 minutes and you can’t do that without determination. I think the problem is the characteristics because these are players accustomed to taking men on, and at the moment that’s just not coming off."
See Napoli vs Juventus match report here.