Lazio striker Ciro Immobile confirmed that the team’s objective this season was to qualify for the Champions League.

Speaking to multiple Italian broadcasters (via LazioNews24) after the 3-1 win over Empoli yesterday, the 31-year-old Italian striker first discussed the game in an interview with Sky Sports Italia.

The goal is to always improve. I can’t complain, the first game of the season brings me good results, I always score. 

Mister Sarri has a different mentality compared to the coaches of recent years, the team has been able to concentrate. 

The coach is happy to be here and happy with what we’re doing, Sarri believes in the project and we do too.

He commented on his work with Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad.

The European Championship has been a great training and professional experience, the group was wonderful, then the final victory was the best, it will always be in my heart.

The Lazio talisman also touched on the Biancocelesti’s objectives for this season.

We are motivated, we have to work mentally because technically we are strong. 

We have to believe in ourselves and get to the Champions League, not live in anonymity, we need to play a championship as heroes, it’s difficult but it’s our goal.


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Immobile then spoke to DAZN, first discussing his 156 goals with the Roman club.

These are statistics that remain in history and give pleasure, I’ll tell them to my children. 

The 31-year-old Lazio striker discussed the work being carried out with coach Maurizio Sarri.

It’s still early days, but we’re working hard with the coach. Since Auronzo we’ve been trying to assimilate the new ideas. We’re happy, we’re off to a good start. 

We’re still in the work in progress phase. I scored 23 goals in my first year at Lazio and I won the league table in Serie B with Zeman. 

When I hear certain things I have to laugh. I put everything I have into it, like in the national team. The team needs me.


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Finally, Immobile spoke about the importance of the return of the fans.

We’re back to feeling those emotions. A lot of people came back today and it will be even better next week at home.

The 31-year-old Immobile, who is contracted to the Biancocelesti until 2025, scored his first goal of the season against Empoli yesterday. The Italian forward has scored in Lazio’s opening game of the season for the last five years now, an impressive record for the talismanic figure.