Lazio for many years has been classified as a championship candidate, but they have not been able to touch the Scudetto again like in the years led by Sven-Goran Eriksson. Sometimes Lazio win the Coppa Italia or the Italian Super Cup but that’s not what they’re aiming for. The Scudetto is forever what Lazio craves most.
Ambition and determination is something that Lazio does not lose to Juventus, Roma, Napoli or Inter and Milan. But the problem lies in the fact that the force and people are limited. In a word, Lazio does not have a lot of money. Until now, they still keep the brightest star, midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, before the tug of the giants is too good.
Most recently, it was Milinkovic-Savic who scored the opening goal in Lazio’s 2-1 victory over Juventus. With 58 points, Lazio is second in the group, 5 points ahead of Roma and 16 points behind Napoli. As long as Lazio maintain the existing stability, they can certainly at least win the 2nd place overall.
Until now, what coach Maurizio Sarri is building has gradually yielded “sweet fruit”. When Sarri was sacked by Chelsea, Lazio approached him seriously and tried to invite him, because they understood the Italian tactician was the right person for the club’s ambitions and long-term plans.
After the mistakes, Lazio and Sarri understood each other better. Going to this season, Sarri’s Lazio has the best defense in Serie A this season (20 conceding, while Napoli is 21). For example, in the last 7 matches, only Juventus have conceded 1 time against Lazio, the rest are helpless.
As Sarri himself admits, the first six months at Olimpico were “a complicated, difficult journey. Some steps forward, some steps back.” Of course, it was inevitable to switch from his predecessor’s 3-5-1-1 formation to his preferred 4-3-3.
The squad lacked depth, so Lazio also struggled to balance in the league and European cup. And yet, a pillar like Ciro Immobile is no longer himself, which is also a “problem” that Sarri needs time to solve. Sarri has been building a new style of play without relying on Immobile’s scoring ability. For a long time, the man who occupies the center of Lazio’s position is Pedro Rodriguez or Felipe Anderson, these two players take turns taking on the role of “hammock” in the penalty area when Immobile is missing. In fact, this change is very useful, because it makes the attack more dynamic, creates many eye-catching situations, and also makes Lazio’s offensive ability more elusive for defenders. enemy.
In the victory over Juventus, Sarri used Immobile as a “bait” to make the defense mistakenly think that all Napoli’s attacks would be aimed at this guy, but in the end, the shining player was Mattia Zaccagni with 1 goal and 1 goal. assist. Unpredictable and creative, Sarri’s Lazio is now.
With 9 rounds remaining of the season, they are in the perfect position to secure a return to the Champions League next season in the form of… runners-up.
Lazio collects points less than Napoli and Juventus
According to statistics from Opta, Lazio has won 20 points in Serie A since the beginning of February 2023 until now, only behind Napoli and Juventus (with 21 points).