Italy's postal service has released a strongly worded statement in response to Maurizio Sarri's assertion that, had he not wanted to feel pressure, he "would have taken a job in a post office."
Ahead of Juventus' Coppa Italia semifinal first leg, the ex-Chelsea boss was asked if he was feeling the pressure after suffering a second defeat in three Serie A matches.
And Sarri's response prompted a reply from Poste Italiane [the Italian Postal Service], who listed their achievements and the amount of people who rely on them in order to highlight the pressure which comes with their work.
"Following Maurizio Sarri's comments, Poste Italiane invites Mr. Sarri to dedicate a few minutes of his precious time to inform himself that Poste is the biggest business in the country, which is chosen by young graduates among the most attractive companies to work for.
"It is considered among the 500 best companies worldwide for the quality of working life; which has enjoyed one of the best performances on the stock exchange in 2019 and which sits in third place, on a global scale, in terms of Italian companies for its image and reputation.
"The pressure, therefore -- on the contrary to what Sarri claims -- at Poste is present and then some and the company responds to citizens, businesses and public administrations. We wait for him to observe in person our daily work, in one of 15,000 offices."
Juve sit second in Serie A -- level on points with leaders Inter -- following Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat at Verona.
It is the second time in a matter of weeks that Sarri has come in for criticism following his comments. After Juve's 2-1 loss at Napoli on Jan. 26, Sarri -- who managed at San Paolo from 2015-2018, said: "Does losing to Napoli hurt? Honestly, no.
"I am happy for the [Napoli] lads with whom I remain close. So, if I absolutely have to lose, at least I am happy for the lads, to whom I owe to so much."