When Lazio wins, it does so by exploiting the strength of their group. The footballers who played in the Europa League debut against Apollon Limassol are aware of this, along with Laziali worldwide. After being given the chance to start over Wallace in the match, Angolan center back Bastos took to Instagram after the match and wrote: “It’s a team effort”.
There were points in the match against the Cypriot club where the biancocelesti struggled, but Simone Inzaghi and his side were able to bring out the spirit of a united and compact group and come out on top with three points. Bastos also took time to address the support Lazio have received since the start of the season: “Thank you for your support”, he added to Instagram.
Bastos will hope his performance has done him justice, changing Inzaghi’s mind about his qualities, but many fans believe Bastos played poorly in the match. We will see if Bastos is given the nod ahead of Wallace this upcoming weekend against Genoa on Sunday, but it looks more likely to see the Brazilian being slotted into the starting eleven.