Maurizio Sarri is surprised no Inter players have been suspended after a brawl against Lazio and aims a dig at Serie A president Dal Pino over sponsorship deals.
Lazio face Olympique Marseille in Europa League tomorrow, but Sarri’s pre-match press conference focused more on Lazio’s tight fixture list.
“There are seven clubs that will play 17 games in less than 72 hours,” the 62-year-old said.
After tomorrow’s match, Lazio return to action on Sunday, facing Hellas Verona at 14.00 UK time.
“I see that the Lega Calcio is very helpful with me. They always respond to me unlike what they do with other coaches,” Sarri continued.
“We do not think about a bad strategy against us, we think that there was levity when the fixture list was prepared.
“I saw [Serie A President Paolo] Dal Pino talking about the Premier League. I wouldn’t talk about it if I were him.
“Premier League directors brought closed sponsorship deals worth €5 billion, the directors picked by Dal Pino in Serie A less than a fifth.
“In the Premier League, teams are of another level. With Chelsea, I could change ten players between Premier League and Europa League games.
“I wouldn’t talk about what happens in England, they are on another level.”
Sarri also commented on the lack of suspension for Inter players after a massive brawl sparked after Lazio-Inter on Saturday.
“After the game against Milan, I was suspended because I pointed my finger at a Milan player, telling him: ‘Don’t make fun of me, I am 60, you are 20,” Sarri revealed.
“Saturday, against Inter, I saw anything, I’ve seen fights, somebody has informed me about a split, but I don’t talk about it because I didn’t see it. However, I saw no red cards. At this point, they may consider my finger very dangerous.”
There was just one question about the game and it concerned the reunion between him and Arek Milik, who Sarri coached at Napoli.
“Tomorrow’s game will be difficult, but it’s important for us. We’ll play against a strong team, they are a tough team to face, I am worried about Milik and the whole Marseille squad.”