Former Lazio head coach Sven-Göran Eriksson gave an interview to Francesca Turco on Facebook, in which he discussed his old club, his opinion on current manager Simone Inzaghi and his regrets from his time in the Italian capital.
“Lazio has a great future, they are playing the best football in Italy. I hope they can finish the league properly. If the league restarts again, the team would have a great chance of winning the league. They are playing better than Juve and Inter.”
“My past? I have to thank the biancocelesti fans for how they have always treated me. I’m sorry for how it ended, but our journey was great.”
“I didn’t expect Inzaghi to become so good. The same goes for Sergio Conceicao. As for the other players in my Lazio, however, I expected a future like this. I had players like Mancini, Veron, Mihajlovic who didn’t accept that they wanted to lose.”
“Regrets? The defeat by Valencia in the Champions League in the season after the Scudetto win.”
Sven-Göran Eriksson was head coach of Lazio for four years between 1997 and 2001, before leaving the club to pursue a role in international management with England. During his time at the helm in Rome, Eriksson found great success; winning the 1999/00 Scudetto, two Coppa Italia trophies, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He also won the Serie A Manager of the Year award for the 1999/00 season, the only Lazio head coach to have ever done so. Therefore, his opinions on the current set-up at the club should be widely respected and should also serve as cause for optimism about a potential Scudetto win this season.
Most recently, Eriksson coached the Philippines national team for a year between 2018 and 2019 but has since stepped down and currently serves as a consultant to the side, whilst participating in punditry and media performances since his retirement as a coach.