After his battle with the coronavirus, Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has made his return to the Biancocelesti bench, missing their last three fixtures, which included a tough loss to Napoli.
Nonetheless, Lazio looks to continue their fight for a UEFA Champions League spot next season and can do so with a possible win over AC Milan. The Rossoneri are in second place with 66 points; however, they find themselves three points out of fifth place.
As a result, taking all three points against Milan is crucial for Lazio. Ahead of the anticipated matchup, Inzaghi spoke at a press conference, touching on various topics with Lazio News relaying the Italian tactician’s comments.
One of the first questions that Inzaghi answered is over his return against Milan.
I am very happy to be back. It was not an easy time: having my wife and children positive for COVID-19 was certainly not easy. However, I want to congratulate my boys and my staff, who have managed to move forward and win important games in this period. I can say that what penalizes us for tomorrow’s race is our first half (of the season) because we have lost several points. The Champions League group took away a lot of energy. Now we still have seven games, and we must try to win as much as possible.
The next topic that Inzaghi touched was the Champions League. After a difficult loss to Napoli, their European dreams took a hit.
We made a considerable effort: we lost ground in the league over the first round, but we wanted to have a great Champions League campaign. In the second round, we met the strongest of all, and we had problems with some absences. Now there are seven games left, and we want to win them all: it will be difficult, but we want to go to Europe that matters. For the match in Naples, I said, we were not architects of our destiny: congratulations to Napoli, anyway.
Finally, Inzaghi discussed the morale of the group ahead of such an important fixture.
As for my boys, I can say that they are very bitter and disappointed with how the last game went. We arrived after several victories, and we did well: however we met a healthy Napoli that put us in difficulty.