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Sarri offered Juventus backing despite recent struggles

Having fallen to second in Serie A, the former Chelsea manager suddenly finds himself under pressure in Turin

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has the backing of president Andrea Agnelli to turn a difficult recent spell of form around.

For the Turin giants, nothing less than the Serie A title will suffice, yet as the winter break approaches, they find themselves in the unfamiliar role of playing catch-up in their domestic league.

A draw against Sassuolo was followed by a 3-1 loss to Lazio, throwing Sarri’s men into something of a mini-crisis as Inter took over the leadership of the top flight on 38 points, two clear of the eight-time defending champions.