In addition to Rocchi’s refereeing which caused controversy among the Laziali community, there are other issues that have affected the Biancocelesti.
Firstly, the injury to Luiz Felipe and Francesco Acerbi’s suspension has resulted in a huge deficiency and gap in the back-line for the match against Juventus. Lazio are now left to play either Stefan Radu, Wallace, or Bastos as central defenders – a position in which they are not used to playing. Martin Caceres would and should be a choice, however, with the assumption that he is near an exit, it is unlikely that Simone Inzaghi will call upon his services.
Secondly, the Biancoceleste technician did not like the attitude he had seen from his side in the first half of the match, in which
which Napoli scored two goals and dominated the tempo of the match. The second half was a better response from the side, but the tactical choices that the Piacenza coach caused perplexities to emerge. The decision to start Luis Alberto in both the first and second half – due to his recent as a mezzala – was questioned due to Joaquin Correa’s overall performance this season. The Argentine entered the pitch and provided an assist for Immobile in the match, but many have sensed that the player has been angry at the coach for continuing to start him from the bench. These rumors first appeared in the pre-training before the trip to Campania.
Today, however, from the Formello training grounds, rumors have been denied about the strong anger of the Argentine player against Inzaghi, but the tension that surrounds the group are more and more prevalent, also in light of Milan and Roma overtaking them in the standings.
According to what was collected by Il Corriere dello Sport, Ciro Immobile, who scored Lazio’s only goal at the San Paolo, had complained to the bench addressing the difficult first half. “But we should not have been more offensive?”, was the phrase that escaped the words of the striker addressed to Inzaghi but also to those teammates who did not enter the field with the necessary conviction.