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Sarri criticized FA Cup format after Milan loss

Thu 10 February 2022 | 8:56

Sarri believes that the Coppa Italia should find a format similar to the FA Cup.

Lazio

boss Maurizio Sarri criticized the Coppa Italia format after the 4-0 defeat to

Milan

.

Lazio traveled to Milan last night after scoring four clean sheets in their last four encounters with the team, but suddenly conceded four goals in one game. Rafael Leao,

Olivier Giroud

and Franck Kessie were Milan's goal scorer in last night's game, and now Sarri has criticized the Coppa Italia format.

“We were switched off, I hope it was a physical issue and one of fatigue, because if this was mental, that is more worrying,” Sarri told Sport Mediaset.

“We’d been playing fairly consistently of late, but tonight we returned to the usual old defects. In recent months, we had cancelled out those ups and downs, so I expected difficulty tonight, but I expected a different performance.

“We’d seemed to be sharp both physical and mental lately, so this performance leaves me perplexed and I hope it was just a blip so we can get right back on track.”

The Italian manager added:

“I don’t like the format of the Coppa Italia, but that has nothing to do with this game.

“The FA Cup is the most popular cup competition in the world, because every team takes part from the beginning, there is a draw held live on television the moment the previous round has concluded. The first team picked plays at home, the second away, it’s all randomly selected.

“Instead, the Coppa Italia is constructed in a way to steer certain clubs who get better television ratings to be more involved. In my view, that is why it is anti-sporting, I just don’t like the format.”

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