Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi spoke to gathered reporters in a press conference earlier today, ahead of tomorrow’s Serie A clash against newly promoted Crotone. His words were noted by Italian media outlet Calciomercato.com.
First, he spoke about Italian striker Ciro Immobile, who has finally returned to the squad after a long and frustrating battle with Covid-19.
I found Immobile as I had left him, with a great desire to play. He worked a day and a half with the team, but I saw him in a good condition. Tomorrow morning, I will decide the best starting 11.
The Italian coach spoke about his opposite tomorrow, Rossoblu coach Giovanni Stroppa.
We met again in a couple of circumstances. I will see him again with pleasure because in the first year that I was in Serie A I found that he supported me very much, he gave me a great hand.
I will personally congratulate him for the Serie B title.
Inzaghi commented on Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto and his recent outburst on social media regarding the team’s purchase of a personalized Boeing 737.
I think that in a personal aspect it has been a difficult week for Luis Alberto, but professionally he has worked very well. He knows that he made a mistake and will be fined by the team.
The Lazio coach discussed the upcoming schedule, including next week’s Champions League rematch against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Crucial moment of the season. Ten games to get to Christmas, all very demanding. Now we are catching up with others.
Today Strakosha is back and he’ll not be able to leave for Crotone. The next to return will be Luiz Felipe, hit by Covid after the Juventus game.
Then it will also be Milinkovic-Savic, as well as Lulic and Escalante who has another 4-5 days. It will be an intense month.
Inzaghi touched on Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and his positive Covid-19 diagnosis.
Normal that there is some discontent, but I think that many of my colleagues are in these situations too. Inter, Cagliari, Milan.
In short, it is a strange situation for everyone, we must be good at living with it. Milinkovic-Savic knows that we will miss him, but he is asymptomatic like Ramos and will help us as soon as possible.
He moved onto discussing Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo.
Caicedo has worked as well as the other players. He completed all the sessions.
As for the others, tomorrow together with my staff we will decide what will be the team against an opponent with their own identity and stubbornness. At the moment we are focused only on Crotone.
Finally, Inzaghi spoke about Lazio’s approach to tomorrow’s game against the Rossoblu.
Starting well would be fundamental. We have been working on this since Wednesday of last week. The players from the national teams are back in good condition.
We know that we will have a difficult opponent in front of us that will create pitfalls, but we are preparing for this.
Lazio are currently 9th in Serie A after seven games, with 11 points. The Rossoblu, on the other hand, are rock bottom of the table with only two points.