Despite having goals from Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinković-Savić and an early two-goal lead, Lazio struggled in their 2-1 win over Spezia Calcio, according to midfielder Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, who spoke with the Lazio Style Channel about the victory.

Today was a difficult match. We were good at winning. We showed that we had the right spirit; also, thanks to Reina’s saves. We are strong. We can win every match. We made a mistake against Udinese. Today we wanted to show our anger we had.

The 28-year-old came on in the second half as a substitute for Luis Alberto, so he had a good viewpoint of Lazio’s form from the bench in the first half. However, when Akpa Akpro came in as a substitute, the Ivory Coast international provided stables minutes off the bench. 

Akpa Akpro played in 31 minutes where he had 15 touches, completed seven of eight passes, and won two of his five duels per SofaScoreThe midfielder understands that he needs to provide quality minutes if Lazio wants to climb back into a UEFA Champions League spot in Serie A. 

The championship is fundamental. It is what gives us the qualification for the next Champions League. Playing every three days, we have to be good at recovering our energy. There are no easy games. Spezia had already put great teams in difficulty. Role? I can play anywhere. I’m here to help Lazio.

Le Aquile currently sits in seventh place but are only three points out of a Champions League spot.