- Maurizio Sarri chose to omit Emre Can from Juventus’ Champions League squad
- Can expressed his anger at being left out along with striker Mario Mandzukic
- Sarri believes that Can was right to speak out about how he felt at the decision
Emre Can was ‘shocked and angry’ at being left out of Juventus’ Champions League squad
Maurizio Sarri offered his support to Can and admitted he was also disappointed
Maurizio Sarri has backed Emre Can after the midfielder hit out over his omission from Juventus’ Champions League squad.
Can, along with striker Mario Mandzukic, will play no part in the group stages with Sarri forced to leave out two players for the 24-man squad.
Although the German claimed he was ‘shocked and angry,’ Sarri insisted Can still had his full support and was himself ‘disappointed.’
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It wasn’t easy or gratifying to name my Champions League squad, but it was necessary.
‘I’m disappointed because two very important players won’t be involved. These difficulties, however, show the great strength of our squad.
‘It’s normal that when a player suffers because of a strong and radical decision, there’s an emotional aspect to be taken into account.
‘We must give him the opportunity to get everything off his chest. I’m at the right age to understand his reaction.
‘Right now, I’m only thinking about the League. Our attentions must be focused on tomorrow.’