Lazio picked a 3-2 victory over FC Crotone in Matchday 27 of the 2020/21 Serie A, finally returning to the win column after a tough stretch. This was an important victory for the club, as they receive some much-needed confidence ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fixture against FC Bayern Munich.

Perhaps the 4-1 aggregate score deflates the anxiousness for the squad heading to Allianz Arena; despite still having at least one match in the Champions League left, Biancocelesti sporting director Igli Tare made it known to Sky Sport (via Citta Celeste) that he hopes that the squad prioritizes the league over the European competition, as Lazio would not qualify for next season’s Champions League if they don’t finish top four. 

Today’s game counts more than the one against Bayern. It will take a great match on our part to progress in the European competition; we must focus on Serie A. There were some moments that didn’t work in our favor over the past few weeks; it was good to return to winning ways.

With clubs all across Europe taking a hit financially, qualifying for the Champions League next season will help soften the losses for Lazio. The Biancocelesti finds itself six points behind Atalanta BC, which holds fourth place for now.