Wolves Forward Pedro Neto: “Lazio Coach Inzaghi Didn’t Have the Right Mentality to Play Youth”

Wolves forward Pedro Neto discussed his time at Lazio and his work with coach Simone Inzaghi in an interview with news outlet The Athletic (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today.

Coach Inzaghi didn’t have the right mentality. Lazio have a very good team but not the mentality to play young players. In the games I played the fans shouted my name from the stands.

I think the coach has his own ideas, I respect him. The second coach, Farris, loved me and helped me improve both in my shooting and my movements. He helped me a lot.

I have to be grateful, maybe I wouldn’t be at Wolves if this hadn’t happened at Lazio, it gave me more hunger to work and show my value.

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The 20-year-old Portuguese forward then touched on his future.

Now I have to keep improving physically, but I also have to be more mature. This is one of the things I’ve developed, I’m more aware of what I’m doing and what’s going on around me.

And tactically, helping the team to defend and then go on the counter-attack.

The Wolves forward spoke about how it felt to play alongside Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portuguese national team.

It was a dream. Normally I only see the guy on TV, he was shining when I saw him for the first time. To train and be with him was incredible. He’s a great guy. It was my first time in the team, I’m a bit of a shy guy at first, then when I get to know people, I’m much more outgoing.

We didn’t talk much but he congratulated me on being there and scoring a goal. The way he works and plays is different from everyone. He is an example for all young players to follow.

Quality is not everything, some have more than others and those who work harder get to a different level, that’s what I take from him.

Some players can be fantastic but they don’t get to the top because they don’t work as hard as they should. Ronaldo is very talented but the way he works has made him get to the top.

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Finally, Neto discussed Oasis legend Liam Gallagher’s tweet advising Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola to sign the 20-year-old.

Yes, I saw this tweet. I read what the singer wrote, I know who he is. To be honest, the thing that makes me happiest is that people recognise my work. Hearing the fans say what they say, if they say I’m doing well, that’s what I like the most.

I’m really enjoying myself in England. I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here, my game has developed in a way I didn’t expect. I’m learning fast, I’m working hard and the people here are incredible. It was very nice for me to come here. I want to be the best. I know I have talent and I can prove myself.

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