Former Lazio coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was impressed with the work carried out with the club by prior coach Simone Inzaghi.

Speaking in an interview with The Italian Football Podcast on Wednesday, the 73-year-old Swede discussed Inzaghi’s five years as Biancocelesti coach.

I didn’t expect Simone Inzaghi to be a great coach but he was very young when I had him so he was not ready then to take a big step like the one he has taken.

But I must say the work he did at Lazio is very good for many, many years. Lazio is not a team that invests a lot of money to win the league, but they were close with him and he did a great job there.

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The 45-year-old Inzaghi spent five years as Lazio’s coach, from 2016 until earlier this year. In his time in charge, the former striker oversaw 242 matches, averaging 1.75 points per game.

He also secured three national trophies during his time as head coach, one Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana.

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Inzaghi’s future was the subject of much speculation last season, but the 45-year-old Italian coach was insistent that a new deal would be reached eventually. 

He appeared to verbally agree one with president Claudio Lotito earlier this summer, before deciding to accept Inter’s offer the next day.

Inzaghi has signed a two-year deal with Inter and will likely have a tense reception upon his return to the Stadio Olimpico later this season.