Former Lazio defender Ernesto Calisti highlighted the difficulty for the Biancocelesti in the race for a top-four finish this season.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 56-year-old Italian first spoke about the important 1-0 win against Hellas Verona on the weekend.

Lazio weren’t brilliant against Verona but they deserved to win, and the 3 points matter for the table.

Immobile still hasn’t broken his drought, Luis Alberto isn’t at his best while Leiva seems to be recovering. Marusic was fundamental, he’s confident and he’s doing well.

He touched on the current position of Argentine defender Mateo Musacchio.

There’s something not right with his situation. To change Marusic and move Akpa Akpro to the right so as not to use Musacchio in defense was a drastic decision.

The former Biancocelesti defender spoke about Vedat Muriqi’s first season in Rome.

A lot more is expected of him, he can certainly do more but you can’t expect a great exploit, he’s not a double-figure striker.

We need a striker who can score in double figures as well as Immobile when he’s not in good form.

Calisti spoke about the race for a top-four finish this campaign.

Lazio are not the favourites but they will fight until the end. In the four victories in a row, they haven’t been completely convincing, but despite the difficulties they can play.

They have to make up for the match against Torino and the direct matches will obviously be decisive.

The Biancocelesti have to make a run at Atalanta, even though they are the team that is in the best shape from a physical and technical point of view.

He wasn’t impressed by the referee’s decision to disallow Felipe Caicedo’s goal against Verona.

It’s no longer tolerable to see these moments condemned, the striker felt he was being shot at and protected himself from the opponent by trying to free himself.

The action and the goal should have been validated by Chiff.

The Italian spoke about the absence of coach Simone Inzaghi, who is still recovering from Covid-19.

The absence of the coach weighs heavily because he leads the team and gives the right pressure to the players, but Lazio are an experienced team and know how to behave. I hope he’ll be back soon.

Finally, Calisti looked ahead to Lazio’s next game against Benevento.

They shouldn’t be underestimated, given what they did against Juve in Turin, but the quality of Lazio’s players will make the difference and we need to have faith in Milinkovic-Savic and the others.


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