Maurizio Sarri Rips “Unsportsmanlike” Coppa Italia Format

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri voiced his malcontent for how Coppa Italia is structured. The Biancocelesti will face Milan tomorrow: “Both teams approach the match in good form. They just won the Derby, which could fuel them. We prevailed in an important game too. It is a shame that this is one of the most unsportsmanlike competitions in the world. We never know who makes the draw, when, and where. It clearly aims to televise some sides instead of others.”

The gaffer spoke to SportMediaset and the club’s TV channel: “It will be a difficult tilt against a title-contending team. We have to play our cards at all costs. Lazio have surely evolved during the course of the season. Milan got better too, although they did not have as much room for improvement. They have been working together for some time. Any game, especially the single-elimination ones, is a chapter on his own. It is tough to predict what could happen.”

Sarri highlighted the importance of the Coppa Italia for Lazio: “We are in no man’s land as a club, and so winning it is an important objective. That probably is not the case for Milan, which are fighting for Scudetto. We can not pick our spots now, and we have to give our best effort in every cup. We have not made any decision about the lineup. The first fixture against them in Serie A play, which ended in a bad loss, must not affect us. We have to play freely.”