The international break may have shut down the Serie A for a week, but the biancocelesti have been hard at work. Simone Inzaghi has taken full advantage of the week off to get his men some much-needed conditioning. Lazio picked up their first three points against Frosinone in week 3 after dropping their first two matches against Napoli and Juventus. While the team played reasonably well against the Serie A’s reigning champions and runners-up, it was clear that Inzaghi’s men were running on empty towards the latter stages of all three matches. The International break couldn’t have come at a better time.
Lazio trounced Lega Pro side Lupa Roma 13-1 yesterday in a friendly yesterday afternoon. Lupa Roma FC coach Marco Amelia was impressed with the Capital side admitting that Lazio “have all the requirements to compete for a Champions’ League spot”. Amelia took over the helm of the Tivoli-based club at the start of this season. The former Roma and Italian National Team keeper had particular words of praise for current Lazio keeper Thomas Strakosha.
Inzaghi also took advantage of the friendly match to test personnel and tactical arrangements. Although he stayed true to his 3-5-2 formation and his defensive threesome of Acerbi, Wallace, and Radu, the Lazio coach tested the efficacy of a Correa – Luis Alberto tandem with the Argentine up top next to Caicedo and the Spaniard playing as an attacking winger. The experiment seems to have provided some hope going forward. Lazio have faced some skepticism regarding their ability to maintain their quality beyond the starting eleven. In particular, Inzaghi’s squad seems to struggle without the likes of Ciro Immobile, Milinkovic-Savic, and Lucas Leiva. But as Lazio enters into a stretch of tough matches both in the Serie A and the Europa League, Inzaghi must find a way to turn over the roster effectively without dropping in form.
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