Sassuolo manager Roberto De Zerbi affirms genuinely thought they could defeat Juventus, even down to 10 men. 'I could tell we had the opportunity to do so.'
Despite Pedro Obiang's red card on the stroke of half-time, The Black and Greens kept on playing, leveling through Gregoire Defrel's strike, and were just beaten 3-1 late on.
Gianluca Frabotta's low ball cross from the left got past two defenders, and
found the net in minute 82, followed by
's goal in the 90+2th minute.
"We have changed this season compared to the last two years, as we do zonal marking now in the box," De Zerbi said after the match.
"I think Vlad Chiriches was just tired, as he had just run up the other end. He is from Maurizio Sarri's school at Napoli, so he knows the timing of these things.
"I wanted to win the game, without any sense of arrogance, because I could tell that we had the opportunity to do so. Losing here wouldn't make much difference, so we may as well go for it."
have perished in front of all giant clubs this season, yet they never gave up and put up a good fight inSerie A
"This is a very balanced season, from the top to the bottom. The leaders can lose to those in last place and vice versa," continued the 41-year-old De Zerbi.
"Of what I've seen so far, Milan are the most convincing, partly because of their mentality and self-belief, they know their identity and can rely on that. I also like Juventus, because it's not easy to create an identity in such a short space of time with a new coach, many new players and no real pre-season training."
De Zerbi has indicated this season could be the finish of an epoch at Neroverdi; however, he takes note that doesn't mean he is proceeding onward.
“We have many quality players in this squad and if we don’t achieve an extraordinary result, which for us would be Europe, it’s natural that these players will have the ambition to go and play in Europe. I mean players like Berardi, Boga, Locatelli, it’s only natural.
“Therefore, I told the club that if we don’t get there, we should be prepared to and not afraid of opening up a new era.
“I am in no rush to go anywhere, I am enjoying my time at Sassuolo. I’ll see if I continue that journey here or elsewhere. I am ambitious too, but I am in no hurry.”