Lazio forward Vedat Muriqi expressed his desire to impress under new coach Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster Lazio Style Channel (via La Lazio Siamo Noi yesterday), the 27-year-old Kosovan forward first commented on his physical condition.

I’m fine. It’s very important for me to work here in Auronzo. This year I’m lucky enough to be here for the training camp. 

Last year I wasn’t here. Then I had Covid and injuries. 

The former Fenerbahce forward then touched on how it was working with new coach Sarri.

It’s good to work here immediately with Sarri to learn the dynamics well. With the coach we all spoke together, not in private. 

An honest coach, there’s no reason to talk in private, he talks to everyone on the pitch and it’s important to understand what he’s asking for. 

I hope you see the real Muriqi. Being here is important to look for the season of redemption after the last one spent between Covid and injuries. 

Muriqi spoke about new Lazio left-back Elseid Hysaj.

I knew him, we played against Strakosha in the youth academies. He’ll give us a hand, he’ll be useful.

The Kosovan forward discussed the tactical changes under the 62-year-old Italian coach, who is almost the complete opposite of previous coach Simone Inzaghi.

Tactical principles count, playing with two or three forwards is different. Sarri is one of the best in the world, it will take time, but we will manage to play with three up front. 

Finally, Muriqi spoke about his favourite Italian word.

I know the language, but not too much. In 4-5 months we’ll do an interview in Italian.

The 27-year-old Muriqi, who is contracted to the Biancocelesti until 2025, had a difficult debut season in Rome last campaign.

The former Fenerbahce man made 27 Serie A appearances, but only managed to find the back of the net once, incredibly disappointing considering the roughly €20 million investment made to bring him to the Italian capital.


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