Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi spoke to gathered reporters at a press conference earlier today, ahead of the Biancocelesti’s Champions League clash against Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg tomorrow. His words were collected by Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.
First, he touched on if the team feels more pressure approaching matches like tomorrow’s one.
We know the importance of tomorrow’s game. Our goal is to progress out of the group stage. We have three games left, we have played three in the best possible way.
We face a strong, quality team that will recover important players. It will take a game of character and continuous right choices. We must recover energy, Saturday in Crotone was tiring.
The Italian coach highlighted how he does not know yet the eligibility of his squad after their Covid-19 tests.
For this question, at this moment, I have no official news yet. I am waiting for the communication of the health managers.
The only certain news is that there will be Luiz Felipe again, an important player, but he has been inactive for more than 10 days. I will decide between today and tomorrow whether to use him from the beginning.
The Lazio manager touched on the reason why Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto was given the captain’s armband in the win over Crotone on the weekend.
I think so, he has shown over the years what he represents for Lazio. He has given a great response on the pitch, for what he has done technically and the sacrifice demonstrated.
Normal that we expect confirmations also off the pitch, but I have no doubts about this. I have spoken with him, he is calm and motivated to make things go better and better.
Inzaghi believed that some do underestimate the Roman side.
They never think we are favourites, we are used to it. In these years we have always grown, we have brought home trophies, at the beginning of this season we had some difficulties due to the tough schedule and the many absences.
My wish is to be able to recover players. Tomorrow we will have some problems, especially at midfield. If they do not talk about us, however, I do not mind. We are aware that we can compete and have our say with everyone available.
The Lazio coach spoke about if he expects to see team coordinator Angelo Peruzzi in the stands in tomorrows game after the Italian’s falling out with president Claudio Lotito, and if he’ll start returning goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
On Peruzzi we know that in all families and teams there can be misunderstandings. I am convinced that they can be resolved as they have been in the past.
Strakosha this morning did extra work with Grisons and Zappalà, he is the starter but he has been out for some time. Reina is doing well, he will play.
Finally, Inzaghi spoke about Borussia Dortmund’s game against Club Brugge and if he’d prefer one team to knock out the other, or have a better chance at qualifying with a draw.
A question that I also asked myself last night. Difficult to answer, we have to try to beat Zenit, then what happens in Dortmund must interest us relatively.
We mustn’t take the wrong approach, let’s not forget that Zenit was the number one seed in the group.