Italy coach Roberto Mancini highlighted how the Scudetto winning Lazio squad of the 1999/2000 season felt ahead of winning the league title.
Speaking in an interview as reported by Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), the 56-year-old Italian commented on the team’s emotions.
I remember waiting for a full Stadio Olimpico, we were convinced we were going to the tiebreaker against Juventus.
Mancini then highlighted how important it was to win after they failed to secure the Scudetto the previous campaign.
It was the deserved compensation for the title thrown away the year before with Milan.
During the 1999/2000 season, it didn’t seem like the Biancocelesti had a solid chance of winning, as they were nine points behind league leaders Juventus with eight games remaining.
The Bianconeri failed to close out the season well though, losing to AC Milan, Lazio, Hellas Verona and Perugia.
In the same period, Lazio only dropped two points after drawing with Fiorentina, and they won the title on the final day of the season, thanks to a 3-0 win over Reggina.