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Juventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Verona

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri admits they weren't at their best for victory over Hellas Verona.

Miguel Veloso had put Verona in front, even after Samuele Di Carmine missed a penalty, but Aaron Ramsey's deflected effort and a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick secured the 2-1 victory.

“Perhaps there was some mental fatigue, because you need to immediately recharge the batteries a couple of days later. With a lot of changes, you lose some balance, and that's what we saw today, as we played in fits and starts," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“Dybala had a very good game. Ramsey still needs to adapt, but that's pretty natural in the circumstances. Our central midfielder was man-marked, but I think we could've done more with the other two midfielders. Changing two out of three in the middle meant it was clear we could've lost some balance.

“This is a team under construction and you can tell. We far too easily forget to defend moving forward and tend to run backwards under pressure, so it'll take a while to get that out of them."

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