Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi discussed the Biancocelesti’s important 2-1 Coppa Italia win over Parma yesterday in an interview with Italian broadcaster RAI (via La Lazio Siamo Noi).
We had a great first half, created a lot, got two goals and approached the match well. These are not obvious games, on the contrary.
We only scored one goal and in the second half we didn’t approach the match as we did in the first. We conceded a bad goal because we made a mistake that we shouldn’t have made and then Muriqi’s goal closed the game.
He touched on the progress of 26-year-old Kosovan forward Vedat Muriqi.
Let’s not forget that he didn’t complete the training camp with us, then he had Covid and was injured with the national team.
He’s not in good shape but he’s training very well and he’s trying to fit in as best he can. He was unlucky with the post but then he scored like a real striker.
The 44-year-old Italian coach commented on the return of Bosnian veteran Senad Lulic.
It’s the best thing about the qualification, the return of our captain. We know what he went through, I didn’t expect him to come in so well and he also saved a goal on the line.
Now he has to find his condition again but I’m sure he’ll give us a big hand.
Inzaghi discussed his contract renewal with the Roman club.
My renewal is not a problem, the problem was to get back to our rhythm and find our players.
We’ve got them back in the last four games and then after the derby we had the unexpected things happen with Luiz Felipe and Luis Alberto.
He highlighted how the club might need reinforcements.
We’re talking to the club to find out when Luiz Felipe will be available, we’re looking around because we’re short of players in defense.
The Italian coach touched on if the club were looking to sign Greek defender Sokratis, who is currently a free agent.
He’s certainly one of the players we’re looking at but the January market isn’t easy, it’s difficult to get players who play consistently to leave, we’re looking at the best solution for us.
He moved onto talking about the role of Argentine forward Joaquin Correa.
Correa can replace Luis Alberto, I did it last year at Brescia but Tucu has to find his best condition.
He came back tonight from December but we’re waiting for him with open arms, in these 35 minutes he’s shown he’s doing well.
Inzaghi looked ahead to the Champions League Round of 16 match against reigning European champions Bayern Munich.
We had two objectives, qualify for the Champions League and to reach the Round of 16, we reached the Round of 16, in the league we are a few points behind.
The match against Bayern will be tough but I’m convinced that with all the players at our disposal we would have been able to play at our best, now the absence of Ramos is certainly heavy but we will play
Finally, Inzaghi spoke about the quality of referees in Italy.
We are lucky because there can be Sundays when a moment goes wrong but I have a very good relationship with the referees.
In recent years I’ve played in all the Europa League and in the Champions League we’ve had very good referees. This evening the referee again showed great personality.