Lazio wing-back Manuel Lazzari was positive about the team’s chances in a race for a top-four finish.

First speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster DAZN (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) after yesterday’s 4-3 win over Genoa, the 27-year-old Italian first discussed the match.

In the first half we played a great game in which we could have scored more than two goals. It’s not easy to face a team fighting to avoid relegation, in the second half we were a bit slack at the beginning and then in the end they believed a bit more than us, although the victory is well deserved.

Physically I’m very well but like the whole team, every now and then it happens that we look good and we don’t manage to close out games.

Today it happened and we had to fight until the end but we expressed ourselves well, the result is a bit of a lie but we take the win.

He commented on the fact that Italy coach Roberto Mancini was in the stands, looking closely at players ahead of this summer’s European Championship.

I didn’t know. It’s normal that the national team is something unique, I try to give my best with Lazio because that’s the only way I can get it. Then it’s up to the coach to decide.

The former SPAL man then spoke about his relationship with Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Sergej and I get on well, we’ve known each other for two years and it’s great to play with him because he’s a phenomenon.

I hope I’ll be able to play with these champions over the next few years.

Lazzari also spoke about the win over Genoa in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia.

We dominated the first 75 minutes, we wasted some sensational chances. The penalty reopened the game but in the long run Lazio deserved the victory.

The Champions League takes a lot of energy, it was a great competition to face. We didn’t get off to the best start in the league, but in the second half of the season we changed gear and our mentality.

We’re not making any calculations, we know we can’t make any more mistakes because we’re behind. We’ll approach all the remaining games like finals and then we’ll draw conclusions.

Finally, Lazzari spoke about his dream to play for the Azzurri and join them for Euro 2020.

For a player it’s a unique thing and a source of pride, I have to give my all with Lazio to get that shirt. If I get the call, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world.

With the enlarged squads every player has more hope, I’ll try to give my best until the end of the season. Running is my best quality and I always try to use it.

The 27-year-old Lazzari, who is contracted to the Roman club until 2024, has made 34 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 2642 minutes.

In that time, he has scored two goals and provided six assists, being a consistently strong player under coach Simone Inzaghi.


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