Sarri on the heavy fixture list: ‘It’s not a sport, they only think about money’

by | Oct 15, 2021 14:49

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri has attacked the governing bodies because of the busy schedule ahead of the home game against Inter. ‘It’s not a sport, it’s a show to make money’.

The Biancocelesti host the reigning champions in the first game after the international break and President Claudio Lotito has asked for a reaction after the defeat to Bologna.

But Sarri is not happy with the fixture list, claiming it’s too heavy for the players and hits out at the governing bodies.

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“We trained for two weeks in reduced ranks, it’s difficult to evaluate,” Sarri said about the squad at a press conference.

“This is the current state of football, maybe it doesn’t belong to me anymore. Every month we play seven games in 19 days and then we are 11 days without players.

“In practice they train more in the national team than with the club. We are not looking at football as a sport but a show where you try to squeeze out money everywhere. Maybe I’m too old for all this.”

Sarri then said he expects ‘a reaction’ too, as Lazio hope to bounce back from the setback at the Renato Dall’Ara ahead of the break.

“I expect a reaction from the men more than from the players, this was missing in Bologna,” Sarri continued.

“We conceded three goals from embarrassing situations.”

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  1. Bruno

    “It’s not a sport, it’s a show to make money’

    It’s been this way for a long time now, and he’s been a willing participant in it.

    “you try to squeeze out money everywhere”

    Doesn’t he try to do the very same thing when he’s negotiating his own contract? Or does he only think about the sport and takes a modest salary?

    I agree that football has lost a lot of its soul due to the proliferation of corporate and oligarchy control, but the fixture congestion has come about because of the various lockdowns and the subsequent efforts to catch up and realign the club and International schedules.

  2. dan

    When did Sarri become such a bitter old cranky man? He’s been at the helm of one of the worst offenders in Chelsea and prior to this he was a banker, but presumably for the love and not the money.

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