Lazio communications director Stefano De Martino discussed the Biancocelesti’s painful 3-1 loss to Inter yesterday and their season so far in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today.
The defeat against Inter must be analyzed. It resembles the one against Milan. Lazio went to the San Siro to play their game, to do what they know how to do, coming from 6 wins in a row and being back in the race for the top positions.
It’s clear that we are witnessing a strange season, it’s enough to see Spezia v Milan, with the Ligurians who deservedly won against an established team. Lazio dominated yesterday as they did against AC Milan but came out the loser.
He moved onto discussing the referee’s decision to give the Nerazzurri a penalty in the first half after a foul by Wesley Hoedt.
The referee’s certainty about the penalty and not going to the VAR to check perhaps unnerved the team. Everyone on the pitch was convinced that Hoedt had caught the ball, a penalty that can be given and not given.
Patric himself played a good game, on the third goal he was up against a great player like Lukaku who has made it difficult for so many defenders in the league.
The Biancocelesti director touched on the shaky performance of the defense against Antonio Conte’s side.
It’s true that the defense conceded a few too many goals, but the team produced concrete and productive play in many games. Yesterday we could have done better, but the individual moments condemned the team.
Some Inter players, like Barella and Hakimi, were in trouble. Conte was worried. However, Lazio try to play on every pitch, yesterday we were unlucky. Radu? Considering the temperature, he didn’t feel like taking to the pitch before the match.
Finally, De Martino touched on how open the league is this season.
Lazio’s game is also appreciated in Europe. The season is still long and strange, levelled.
Yesterday’s Lazio showed that they are there, that they deserve to fight until the end and that with all their starters they can play against anyone.