Former Lazio defender Angelo Gregucci highlighted the need to give Kosovan forward Vedat Muriqi more time to settle at the club.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 56-year-old Italian first spoke about the death of Lazio Primavera talent Daniel Guerini.

First of all, I join in the condolences for Guerini’s death. What happened is inexplicable and it’s not natural for a father to lose a son. I offer my condolences to the family.

He moved onto discussing Ciro Immobile’s position with the Azzurri.

Immobile can find himself in the national team, before finding himself in Lazio he has to represent Italy and he has the chance to do well against Northern Ireland.

Gregucci then spoke about 26-year-old Kosovan Vedat Muriqi.

In summary of what we’ve seen, Muriqi is not a great player, but we mustn’t be too quick to judge.

It was an important investment made by the club, we need to give him more time, even though the expectations around him were high.

Marusic has also been hastily judged, but this year he has finally shown his worth.

He discussed the battle for a top-four finish this campaign.

I’m not sure that Juve can reach the top four, objectively we can’t evaluate Pirlo’s work yet.

This year, many of the top teams are losing points against the smaller teams, Inter and Milan will not give up, but then there is the fight between all the others including Lazio, beautiful and exciting.

Finally, Gregucci spoke about the current position of Italian football as a whole.

Analysing the moment in Italian football, we are scandalized by the fact that we are out of the European cups, but the problem is an old one. The Italian youth sector is poor, the structures are bad, there are no resources.

Foreign teams invest millions in the youth sector, such as Bayern Munich, who have spent €80 million and has football masters like Klose and Kahn.

In addition, they do not have the ability to recognise talent and develop it, as in the cases of Coman and Kean. In Italy there is no mentality, there is no real proposal and identity of Italian football.


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