Lazio midfielder Danilo Cataldi highlighted the team’s growth following their 2-2 draw against Cagliari yesterday.
First speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster DAZN (via LazioNews24) after the game last night, the 27-year-old Italian midfielder touched on his late equaliser against the Rossoblu.
I score few goals, it’s not my forte. Apart from that, it was important to draw, especially for the progress made in the first half.
After conceding a goal we were down.
He touched on if he is more involved now with coach Maurizio Sarri.
Yes, but the coach involves everyone.
I hope I can make it difficult for him, it’s not easy playing in Lazio’s midfield.
We’ll think about it from Friday, we’re focused on the game against Torino on Friday.
Cataldi then spoke about the game with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio.
It’s never easy to get into these situations, we had to turn the ball over faster. Apart from the goal, I’m happy because it would have been a shame not to score because of what we created.
We’ll take the point, we’ve grown and we’re growing, the results will come.
He explained his passionate celebration with his long-term teammate and friend Thomas Strakosha.
I felt like making this gesture because I’ve known Strakosha for about ten years, since the Primavera.
We grew up together and lived from the youth sector to the first team, anyone would have done it. It was important to make him feel at the centre, because he is.
A great professional and a great person.
The 27-year-old Italian midfielder discussed the squad’s growth and the need for patience.
We are taking steps forward, but it’s not accompanied by results, when they come, everyone will see the fruits.
Torino are complicated, we’ll go there to play our game and bring home points.
Finally, Cataldi spoke about his role in the Lazio squad under Sarri and his desire to make more starts in the future.
I see myself quite well, I have different characteristics to Leiva and I’m trying to understand what the coach wants from that position and you know it’s a central role, but not easy.
I’m improving, I’m stealing something from Lucas in the transition phase, because I lack that. I want to give the coach a chance to challenge him with the squad choices.
From the system to the mentality, to the way of approaching matches… it’s been an upheaval.
The 27-year-old Cataldi, who has been with the Biancocelesti since he was a child, made his third appearance of the season across all competitions against Cagliari yesterday, slowly muscling his way into Sarri’s Lazio squad.
The Italian midfielder is contracted to the club until 2024 and will continue to work hard in the hope of more regular starts.