Lazio Goalkeeper Alia: “It’s Right to Go on Loan to Play & Show My Potential”

Lazio goalkeeper Marco Alia is planning to go out on loan to further his development with the Biancocelesti.

Speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster Lazio Style Channel (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 21-year-old Italian shot-stopper first touched on the progress so far at Auronzo di Cadore.

Like every training camp there’s a lot of work to do. Especially this year. With the new coach there are new things to learn. It’s going well.

He commented on how it felt training with the team.

What we do with the goalkeeper coach is certainly important, but the game situations we play with the forwards and midfielders are especially useful.

The Biancocelesti youngster touched on the forwards vs goalkeepers exercise.

Every now and then we also get some satisfaction. We are often attacked after every goal we concede, but this time we won.

Alia was happy with new goalkeeping coach Massimo Nenci.

He’s a new person who can give us new ideas. He has a lot of experience. The work remains more or less the same as we have done in recent years. 

His arrival has certainly brought something new.

The 21-year-old Italian shot-stopper also commented on long-term goalkeeping coach Adalberto Grigioni.

The guideline we are following is always the same. We know what kind of work we have to do. He’s a very serious guy, often it’s us goalkeepers who tone it down.

The Biancocelesti Primavera goalkeeper discussed his growth so far.

I’ve improved on a technical level by training with players of the highest level. But I have grown more on the mental side. 

You enter a locker room with great people where you have to respect certain rules. It’s something that will help me a lot in the future. I’m in the big leagues, the sooner you get there the better.

Alia spoke highly of the other goalkeepers in the Lazio squad.

They are all humble guys first of all. You have to work hard to stay at this level. Reina and Strakosha have given me a lot. Adamonis is my roommate and I talk to him the most. 

I also have a special relationship with Thomas, we’re fellow countrymen. Pepe is a golden boy. We all joke and laugh together. We even encourage each other. 

I met Furlanetto in the Primavera. I know he had an injury and I hope he can recover soon.

The 21-year-old Italian expressed his interest in going out on loan next season.

I need to understand what I’m going to do. After a year here it’s right to go on loan to play and show my potential. 

Wherever I go I hope to do well so I can come back here and play my full part with Lazio.

He spoke about playing in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 system and what’s asked of the goalkeepers.

In previous years we looked more for inside passes to the midfielders. This year we’re looking more for centre-backs and full-backs, it’s a much quieter game.

Finally, Alia discussed the importance of a goalkeeper being good with the ball at his feet.

Nowadays you can see first if a goalkeeper is good with his feet than if he can save. It has become a fundamental aspect for us goalkeepers. 

There is always room for improvement. The base is there, but we need to work on it a lot. There is always something new to do.

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