After defeating Marseille at the Stade Velodrome in Matchday 3 of the UEFA Europa League, the return leg occurred in Rome today at the Stadio Olimpico. Changed starting XI’s, with the same mentality and intent of winning for both managers Simone Inzaghi and Rudi Garcia, the Biancocelesti came out on top once again thanks to a Marco Parolo header and Joaquin Correa strike. 2-1 the final score, Lazio have now progressed to the Round of 32 with two matches still left to play. To speak of the match and the Europa League, was no other than Inzaghi himself.
“It was a good match today by everyone. We took 6 points against a strong team [Marseille] showing our quality and understanding of the game. For the second year in a row we progress to the Round of 32 with two matches in hand; this all happened in the period in which we are playing twice a week, which takes away a lot of fitness and energy. Progression was deserved, our goal was achieved. This group was complicated, we have known this since the day of the draw. We knew we had to play an important game today. We suffered a bit in the end; they were pressing hard and their last shot was dangerous, but we gave them little or close to nothing.”
“Agreement between Correa–Immobile? All of our attackers complement each other. also Caicedo and Luis Alberto always respond. Today Caicedo was diagnosed with some problems; I do not know when he will be recovered. Now we have to recuperate because we have a complicated match on Sunday”.
“As Milinkovic (who is growing so much), Luis Alberto can grow as well. I try to give him minutes; he never pull back and I hope he can always get better. He will return to the top and for us it is very important, the competition has grown and everyone puts me in difficulty. But we are a good group and we must continue to try and alternate so to move forward even to the Round of 16 after this goal has been achieved.”
“The defence? I have important players, Wallace had a little problem or I would never have taken him off. Let’s not forget that we did not have Radu and I think the answers the guys give me are important. We must continue like this”.