Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi: “A Fair Draw Against Zenit, Not Easy To Recover”

Simone Inzaghi / S.S. Lazio
Simone Inzaghi / S.S. Lazio

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi briefly spoke to gathered reporters in a press conference earlier tonight, after the Biancocelesti’s tense 1-1 draw with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League.

“We are holding on to this draw, a fair result. In the first half Zenit played better, while we went up in the second half. It was not easy to recover this match.”

The Roman side now sit on five points in Group F of the European competition, one point behind group leaders Borussia Dortmund, who beat Belgian side Club Brugge tonight.

Inzaghi’s side will now have to look ahead to their next game against reigning champions Juventus in Rome on the weekend, an important game ahead of the next international break.

Lazio were without star striker Ciro Immobile, veteran midfielder Lucas Leiva and starting keeper Thomas Strakosha in tonight’s game, due to positive Covid-19 tests.

The trio all since tested negative for the virus, meaning that they will be able to play against the Bianconeri this weekend.

UEFA’s testing parameters are stricter than those of the FIGC, explaining why the players were not allowed to play against Club Brugge last week but could feature against Torino in the 4-3 comeback win on the weekend.