Prior to Juventus’ Coppa Italia final against Napoli, the head coach said he was well aware of his former side’s quality as he aims for silverware
“I get annoyed when they say, ‘In Italy, he has won nothing’,” said Sarri. “I earned eight promotions from one division to another, and I achieved them all on the pitch.
“That is perhaps a small thing compared to the Champions League and the Scudetto, but it is not easy.
“It’s always an important incentive to win important trophies and there is a desire to lift the cup. I am happy that we are in the final.”
Ahead of the meeting with his former club Napoli in Rome, Sarri has praised his opposite number Gennaro Gattuso, while urging his Juventus players to turn their fine season into something “concrete”.
Sarri is under no illusions over the quality of Napoli, now led by Gattuso after he coached them between 2015 and 2018.
The Partenopei have only lost once in 10 matches and are bidding to win their first piece of silverware since 2014, while Juve are top of Serie A and still in the Champions League as they target multiple trophies.
“Napoli are a difficult team to face,” Sarri said.
“Napoli are a team of dribblers, on Wednesday we must remain compact and not allow easy counterattacking situations.
“I like Gattuso a lot, he is straightforward and direct. I’m not surprised by what he’s achieving.”
Sarri believes his approach has changed during the lockdown enforced by the coronavirus crisis.
He added: “From a mental point of view it’s been a difficult period for everyone but I’ve seen the guys at their best: open, smiling and ready to play.
“Maybe I’ve also improved too, I’m more patient and less uncompromising. I am completely focused on the final and on our team, with the right concentration and conviction.
“We’ve played for seven months, and then have had a long break in order to play these remaining matches.
“Therefore, we’ll have to give everything that we have and give that little bit more to win as many trophies as possible.
“Apart from a few games that haven’t gone our way the results have been good so far.
“We have an excellent points average so we can be pleased with that, but now we want to transform it into something concrete.”