Some might feel that Lazio needs the three points as they make a late push to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. 

However, the points are as valuable to Benevento Calcio, who finds itself in 16th place. The club in Southern Italy is six points away from relegation, so Filippo Inzaghi’s side wants to do everything in their power to remain in Serie A. 

Ahead of their matchup against the Biancocelesti, Inzaghi spoke at a press conference, where Lazio News relayed the Italian tactician’s comments. One of the questions that the Benevento manager discussed was his squad heading into the matchup. 

Physically, the team is doing very well and training seriously; I hope they play a great game because it will take an excellent Benevento to defeat Lazio. Moncini and Foulon will be missing, but the rest of the squad is available.

The formation? The players decide it. They have to show me they’re okay, then we’ll decide. We have three games in seven days, so we will need everyone. Based on who is better off, I will determine the formation.

It is not the formation that makes us win the games, but the attitude we have had with Juventus, Parma, and Sassuolo.

Simone Inzaghi is missing the match because of his positive coronavirus case, and it takes away from a matchup against his brother. Nonetheless, the Benevento tactician discusses what it’s like to go up against the Lazio manager. 

There is a possibility that he will not be there due to COVID. I would be very sorry, but now the most important thing is his health. I hope to see him recovered, but it is always an exciting and challenging game beyond that.

Lazio are a team of great champions. We have a great opportunity: even if the forecasts say that we are underdogs, we can sometimes do business with our self-denial and desire. We believe in ourselves and we hope to have a great match.

Finally, Inzaghi discusses what it’s like playing in empty stadiums, as they’ve been doing so for close to a year. 

The disadvantage of not having fans applies to everyone. I’m sorry because we haven’t had a chance to enjoy our fans since last year. We wanted to celebrate some matches with them. There is no true football with closed doors; I hope to find them again for the final few matches: it would be fantastic.