Ex-Midfielder Di Gennaro: “Five Consecutive Wins Have Put Lazio Back in Race for UCL Spots”

Former Hellas Verona and Fiorentina midfielder Antonio Di Gennaro discussed Lazio’s impressive 3-1 win over Atalanta yesterday in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Channel (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today.

Yesterday’s victory was perfect, the team did nothing wrong. The Biancocelesti showed their technical depth, also thanks to the return of pillars like Luis Alberto and Leiva.

These 5 consecutive victories have relaunched the Biancocelesti for a place in the Champions League and winning in Bergamo I think has given strong motivation to the team.

He commented on the performances of Spanish veteran Pepe Reina.

Reina is proving to be an added playmaker, a fundamental pawn for Inzaghi. He is one of the strongest with the ball between his feet.

With the change in the game, having a player like him is important. I’ve rarely seen Lazio make mistakes in their signings.

The 62-year-old Italian then spoke about the work of coach Simone Inzaghi.

Last year Lazio, without Covid, would have been in with a chance for the Scudetto. They’re a strong team and it’s all thanks to the coach, who’s little talked about.

I think we need to give consistency to his work. In Italy we have a bad habit of changing coaches when things start to go wrong.

He espouses the model of a high-level coach and has acquired all this with a lot of humility.

Di Gennaro touched on the signing of Kosovan forward Vedat Muriqi and his adaption to Italian football.

Covid has bothered many, then having players like Correa and Immobile in front of him it’s not easy to fit in. Now he’s doing well.

Technically he’s not like Caicedo or the Tucu, but he’s the classic forward who sets the pace and fits in and he’s the piece that was missing in Lazio’s attacking package.

Lazio score in many different situations, and someone like the Kosovan increases the chances of scoring.

Finally, Di Gennaro spoke about how Lazio wing back Manuel Lazzari may struggle to make an impact with the Italian national team.

Italy plays more on the left wing, having Insigne and Verratti in the middle. The defense is a 4-man team and the Lazio player could be held back, but I don’t think Mancini is ruling anything out.

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