Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri was left stunned after his side 4-2 defeat to AC Milan.
Sarri’s men took a two goal lead via a beautiful solo effort by Adrien Rabiot and a Cristiano Ronaldo’s finish but the Old Lady collapsed conceding three goals in the space of five minutes.
Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Franck Kessie and Rafael Leao turned the tides around for the Rossoneri within five minutes before Ante Rebic added a fourth to secure a crucial victory that will boost their quest for European qualification.
Sarri has been left shocked by his team capitulation calling it a “blackout” that can’t be analysed.
“I think our first 60 minutes were world class. We were in total control and had this blackout. There’s not even much use thinking too much about it, because we have another game in three days.
“We had a total blackout for 15 minutes. It has happened to other teams in this period. We have to take the positives from the game, which are that we were in total control for an hour.
“It’s usually not even possible to find the reasons for these inexplicable blackouts.”
Juventus missed out on the chance to move 10 points ahead of second placed Lazio who had earlier lost 2-1 to Lecce.
The loss will be the Bianconeri’s fourth loss in the league this season, while Sarri couldn’t quantify the defeat, he believes the loss to Milan is different from other games they have lost before.
“We had some bad performances and quite rightly lost them, but this is not the case now. We played well this evening.
“I have seen many other teams have similar blackouts lately, because it’s an unusual situation to be playing and training in these temperatures, with so many games close together.
“Sitting here trying to over-analyse it or put ourselves on trial could be counter-productive and make us lose all the good work we’ve done so far.
“It’s completely different to the defeats against Verona and Napoli, so we have to focus on the next match. This is a team that has excellent football in its capabilities and that is what we need to build on.”
The former Chelsea manger played down the absence of Matthijs de Ligt and Paulo Dybala who were both suspended for the encounter as any reason for the loss. Both were replaced by Daniel Ruggani and Gonzalo Higuain in the starting line up.
“The defence was fine up until the 62nd minute, as we didn’t allow Milan a single chance before then.
“The blackout hit everyone. You can change all 11 players at that moment and it won’t make a difference.
“Higuain did what he had to do at this moment, he started well, then slowly faded out of the game, as was to be expected with his fitness levels.”
Askes if his team were a bit complacent going into the game after hearing that Lazio has lost their match. The 2019 Europa League winner does not agree.
“I don’t think it made a difference, otherwise the initial approach would’ve been poor. Instead, we were focused for most of the match. I don’t even think we relaxed after going 2-0 up, it was the penalty that sparked the blackout.” He added.