Coming off of a 2-0 victory midweek, Laziali were hopeful that Lazio would be able to get the job done against Chievo in Matchday 33 and move to 55 points, just one point behind Milan in that fourth-placed spot they have so badly wanted. In Rome, at the Stadio Olimpico, in front of the home fans – Simone Inzaghi’s men were taking on the last placed team in the Serie A TIM, a club with just one victory all season. For the match, the Biancocelesti lined up in the traditional 3-5-2 formation with a few irregularities to the personnel. Thomas Strakosha started in goal; Stefan Radu, Francesco Acerbi, and Patric in defense; Riza Durmisi, Luis Alberto, Milan Badelj, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Adam Marusic in midfield; and lastly, Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile in attack. This was supposed to be a given: Lazio would blowout the Flying Donkeys and have a confidence boost. However, the exact opposite occurred. A poor performance, they managed to not only fail to win but even pick up a single point this past weekend against Domenico Di Carlo’s men.
Starting the match very sluggish, they went down to 10 men off a retaliation kick from Milinkovic-Savic in the 34′. A foolish play, it would end up to be very costly come the final whistle. Lazio managed to perform a lot better for the rest of the first half, really testing Chievo’s backline and goalkeeper but were unable to capitalize and went into the break level at 0-0. At the restart, things went from bad to worse: in the 49′, Emanuel Vignato scored a beautiful goal, followed by Perparim Hetemaj just two minutes later in the 51′. Down by two goals, Inzaghi’s men tried to push for goals, adding Joaquin Correa to the attack, but managed to strike just once in the 67′ through Felipe Caicedo; they fell short.
Difficult to choose the best player in the field with a lack of positivity, it is equally as hard to choose the worst player in the field as many have underperformed. Below, Vittorio Campanile examines the ‘Top & Flop’ for the Biancocelesti in Lazio vs Chievo.