Today the Eagles played against Third Category team Auronzo and obliterated their opponents with a 20-0 score line. Nothing too shocking for a top-tier professional side facing a team in the bottom of the Italian pyramid, but none the less it gives a chance to look at the squad.
On of the biggest things being tested was Acerbi’s ability to lead the defense, and this he did with great success. More important than the score line was watching how Acerbi directed Wallace (at RB) and Filippini (at LB).
Il Messaggero stated today:“Acerbi acted in the CB role with Wallace at RB, and Filippini at LB. He immediately took to the leader role. Acerbi assimilated the movements that Inzaghi asked, and he often sets the play by exchanging with Filippini, and dictating when and where to close spaces.”
Il Messaggero continued on, harping on Lazio’s past defensive issues, and what that typical means for a Serie A side: “Inzaghi has been drilling defense into the squad early on this season. In Italy, those who score often but concede the most often miss the mark. “Marca e Copri” is the phrase tasked to the three defenders. Acerbi is paired with Radu constantly and assistant coach Farris has linked with them for when he needs to take care of defensive phases in the game.”
Soon Lazio will be tested against stronger opponents but for now Inzaghi is happy with the performance displayed. Fans are said to have already taken in Acerbi with showers of praise and appreciation for his performance, and it seems as though the synergy many worried about at the back has a good chance of being much smoother than last season. At least for now, fans should be pleased with the results of Auronzo so far and the possible signings to come.
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