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"Sassuolo decided to protect the squad" - De Zerbi

Sun 04 April 2021 | 7:33

Sassuolo coach, Roberto De Zerbi revealed that his team "made the right decision" to leave Manuel Locatelli and Gian Marco Ferrari out following the COVID-19 outbreak in the Italy squad.

Both Italy internationals will not perform in the match against Roma tomorrow.

“The decision to oust Locatelli and Ferrari was a shared choice between me, the club and the medical staff,”

De Zerbi mentioned at a press conference.

Seemingly, Sassuolo Calcio have set to protect their team group against a possible outbreak.

The coronavirus spread increased in the Italy squad after the World Cup Qualifiers, but both of the Neroverdi players had negative test results.

“A strong choice made with firmness and great conviction. The easy thing could be to say that ‘Locatelli and Ferrari are positive’.

“No, they are negative to date but they have had contact the Italy team group where an outbreak has emerged. We felt it was right to go beyond personal work interests to protect our health, the team group at Sassuolo and the families.

De Zerbi

said that they have decided to take it under control and have left them out of the team members against Roma on Saturday.

“Even yesterday, in Italy, there were many deaths. We behave following our conscience. It wasn’t fair for a football match to be able to take home additional health problems.

“We made a right choice, I don’t want to review what others would have done or are doing, we have to think about us, without others entering into our decisions.

“Tomorrow, Sassuolo will still have at least 11 players on the pitch worthy of playing the game well and I don’t understand why this fuss is created about a wise, logical decision, which penalises us, if it penalises someone, not the others.”

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