Inter fans turn on Spalletti following Coppa Italia elimination

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“At the start, our play was awkward, we got lost when things were frantic and you can’t do that against sides like Lazio. Then, when the match came to life, it was balanced but we lacked the composure to move the ball around. There were lots of chances to score, at both ends. It was totally balanced and in the end, Lazio deserved to make the semi-final in the shootout. Continue reading

Spalletti: “We have to play like Inter to progress to the next round”

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Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s Coppa Italia quarter-final match between Inter and Lazio. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre yesterday evening: Continue reading

Inter must clinch Coppa semi-final spot or Spalletti’s position will be at risk

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According to the latest reports from Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, senior figures within Inter’s hierarchy are worried by the inconsistency of their side this season. While the Nerazzurri are comfortably positioned in third place, they are eight points behind Napoli and a further eleven off top spot. Indeed, the most worrying aspect of the team’s recent run of poor form is the fact that they have scored just four goals in their last seven Serie A matches – the Beneamata have yet to score a league goal in 2019. Continue reading

Struggling Lazio Turn To Transfer Window To Change Fortunes

Following an inconsistent end to 2018, Lazio are aware reinforcements are needed if they are to achieve top four. After barely missing out on Europe’s elite competition last season on the final match-day against Inter, the biancocelesti will not let Champions League football and its lucrative rewards slip away on the second time of asking. With Roma and Milan both struggling with problems of their own, this year is as good as any for Simone Inzaghi’s side to make fourth place their own. Here are three players that Lazio have been reportedly interested in to bolster their stuttering roster.

As of late, Chelsea wingback Davide Zappacosta has been heavily linked with a move to Lazio, especially since finding himself on the outskirts of the first team under Maurizio Sarri. With Adam Marusic failing to hit last season’s highs, and with Patric and Dusan Basta barely challenging him, reinforcements out wide are necessary. For 13 million euros, Lazio will be getting a player familiar with the Italian game and more importantly, an ideal fit for Inzaghi’s system.

Throughout his time at Torino, Zappacosta thrived as a right wingback and established himself as a regular with the national team prompting Antonio Conte to bring him to London. After Conte’s departure, however, the fullback was deemed surplus to requirements due to Sarri’s different footballing philosophy and is in dire need in a change of scenery. Lazio could not only provide him that, but can also help him reach his former heights in a familiar environment.

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Pressure on Spalletti’s Inter to react at Stadio Olimpico tomorrow night

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Following Juventus’ 2-1 victory against Empoli at the Stadio Carlo Castellani last night, the pressure is once again on Inter to claim all three points when they face Lazio tomorrow. Cristiano Ronaldo’s second half double ensured that Juve’s blushes were spared and that they got back to winning ways in Serie A following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Genoa. With that in mind, it is essential that the Nerazzurri show a reaction of their own following Wednesday night’s insipid display in Barcelona. Continue reading

Inzaghi heading towards Serie A return, but with which team?

Amid rumours linking Filippo Inzaghi to Bologna, it seems the former goalscorer could be heading towards a second chance in the Serie A, looking to put his history as manager with Milan behind. 

The 44-year-old has done tremendously well with his current side, Venezia FC, continuing the team’s path towards Serie A by gaining promotion to Serie B in his first season with the Venice based side.

Now, they will face their biggest test since the American consortium led by famous attorney Joe Tacopina took over the club just three years ago. Inzaghi’s men will go up against Perugia in the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs, competing for a spot in the top flight, 12 years after they were relegated from the same league and eventually went bankrupt.  Continue reading

Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić & his rise to the mainstream of European football

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Sergej Milinković-Savić is no longer a young prospect with elite upside and a high ceiling that scouts can just pry away on the cheap from Lazio in the capital of Rome. Rather, the 23-year old is a well-known commodity here in 2018, and without question, the most coveted midfielder in the Italian top-flight as we approach the finish line of yet another Serie A campaign. But the Serbian star, contrary to popular belief, did not become a success overnight, for his international exploits at major tournaments put him on the fast-track to becoming the elite talent we bear witness to today – week in and week out on the Peninsula.  Continue reading

Luis Alberto, Lazio’s key piece to the puzzle

The Italian capital and famous Stadio Olimpico are shared by two rival clubs with a burning hatred for one another – Roma and Lazio. Each respective outfit has its own crop of stars thriving at the heart of a race for UEFA Champions League qualification, including Serie A’s top hitman Ciro Immobile and midfield dynamo Radja Nainggolan. Yet, despite both being household names around Europe and without question key men in the Capitale this 2017-18 Serie A campaign, Spanish international Luis Alberto has been as influential as any single player on either side – yes, even more than Immobile.

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