Lazio coach Sarri baffled by Coppa collapse against AC Milan

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri was upset with his players after their 4-0 Coppa Italia quarterfinal defeat to AC Milan.

Compounding the defeat was Ciro Immobile limping off injured.

“We were switched off, I hope it was a physical issue and one of fatigue, because if this was mental, that is more worrying,” Sarri told Sport Mediaset.

“We’d been playing fairly consistently of late, but tonight we returned to the usual old defects. In recent months, we had cancelled out those ups and downs, so I expected difficulty tonight, but I expected a different performance.

“We’d seemed to be sharp both physical and mental lately, so this performance leaves me perplexed and I hope it was just a blip so we can get right back on track.

“Every team has its characteristics, you cannot clone players or train them all the same way. Napoli had more quality in its passing, so undoubtedly this Lazio side has different characteristics.

“Having said that, we cannot think that tonight’s performance is what Lazio really are either.”

On Immobile, Sarri added: “It’s a knock to the top of the foot and the ankle, we’ll see tomorrow.”

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