Today, Franky of The Laziali will initiate a 6-piece feature piece surrounding a “Lazio Team of Legends” since the birth of the club in 1900. Starting from today – Sunday July 22nd, to Friday July 27th, there will be one piece per day with a link to previous pieces in each article, allowing you to catch up or refresh your memory. Below, we take a glance at the starting 11 and 8 subs of the squad.
*Note: this team was selected by the Laziali fan base who voted in the polls last month*
The “Lazio Team of Legends” Squad
The attackers: First thing’s first – it was nearly impossible to decide between starting Silvio Piola or Giorgio Chinaglia (centre-forward position); and Giuseppe Signori or Vincenzo D’Amico (left-wing position) as the voting came to a tie. The amount of power at the front line cannot be denied with either decision. Lazio has a history of incredible forwards. If there was an argument that may slightly edge one setup as starters in favor over the other, it would be that Piola/Signori are both easier to control when coaching versus Chinaglia. Chinaglia is wild and even with manager Tommaso Maestrelli and teammate D’Amico to support him, keeping the formation would be an uncertainty. By a razor thin margin, Piola and Signori were picked to start. For the right-wing, Renzo Garlaschelli was the obvious choice having no other equal.
The midfield saw a few interesting picks in Matías Jesús Almeyda instead of Diego Simeone starting. To no surprise Luciano Re Cecconi was picked for the right-midfield role, and Juan Sebastián Verón as a consistent starting pick for the left-midfield.
At the centre-half positions, Nesta was the top choice on everyone’s list along with Siniša Mihajlović, and Giuseppe Wilson as a sub. Paolo Negro was chosen at right-back with Massimo Oddo as a sub, though the two were close for the starting position. At left-back, Giuseppe Favalli makes a starting appearance with Luigi Martini being the sub.
The goalkeeper position was no contest as Angelo Peruzzi was unanimously chosen to start, with Marchegiani as a sub.
Below is a look at the full squad.
Manager: Tommaso Maestrelli
Center Foward: Silvio Piola Sub: Giorgio Chinaglia
Left Wing: Giuseppe Signori Sub: Vincenzo D’Amico
Right Wing: Renzo Garlaschelli
Left Mid: Juan Sebastián Verón
Center Mid: Matías Jesús Almeyda Sub: Diego Simeone
Right Mid: Luciano Re Cecconi
Left Back: Giuseppe Favalli Sub: Luigi Martini
Center Back: Alessandro Nesta
Center Back: Siniša Mihajlović Sub: Giuseppe Wilson
Right Back: Paolo Negro Sub: Massimo Oddo
Goalkeeper: Angelo Peruzzi Sub: Luca Marchegiani
Be sure to stay tuned and follow along as Franky unveils an analysis on each of the 19 players over the course of the next five days!
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