Former Lazio captain Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Wilson discussed the Biancocelesti’s current position, the Covid-19 testing situation and the squad in an interview with Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi earlier today.
“Putting an incredibly serious player, who has always shown his honesty, on the front page seemed out of place to me, and a professionally mediocre media attack.
“I don’t know how the testing issue will end but, in any case, what happened was certainly not ethical from a professional point of view.”
He commented on the current state of the squad and how they will look upon the restart of the season, after the end of the current international break.
“Right now, Lazio are recovering all their absent players, between injuries and those with Covid-19. These two weeks will serve to get everyone back in the squad, whoever joined their national teams will have exerted extra effort but they will have extra desire.
“It’s positive that we’ll be back in 10 days, this’ll give the team a significant advantage after this break. Last year the squad was around 13 or 14 players, now with the new signings there are more options, and better technically.
“All of this makes me think that Lazio will not have to fight for an injured player to return at all costs, they should have some peace of mind considering the latest results which were achieved with key players being absent. The starters have been replaced in the best way.”
Finally, Wilson spoke about two of Lazio’s important backup players, Spanish veteran Pepe Reina and Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo, who filled in for Thomas Strakosha and Ciro Immobile respectively.
“Reina? A player with a very remarkable career path, his performance and readiness do not surprise me. With his feet he is second to none and between the posts he has great experience.
“Caicedo impresses us for the umpteenth time, every year he seems to be the hero of the situation. We have held him with merit and he has brought us several points thanks to his stubbornness and his readiness, without forgetting that from a technical point of view he is not the worst.
“He scores heavy goals but also beautiful ones, just see the one against Juventus that is of excellent workmanship and where he was marked by Bonucci. I don’t think anyone will want to question his skills anymore.”
Lazio are currently 9th in the league after seven games, sitting on 11 points, three behind rivals Roma, who are in 4th place.
The Biancocelesti have only lost one of their last five league games, winning against Torino and Bologna, as well as drawing with reigning champions Juventus.
The Roman side’s next game is against newly promoted side Crotone on the 21st November, after the end of the international break.