Former Lazio team manager Angelo Peruzzi expressed his support for goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha following his error against Galatasaray.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Scopigno-Pulici award ceremony (via Corriere dello Sport) yesterday, the 51-year-old Italian first spoke about coach Maurizio Sarri and his start to the season.

Sarri is a great coach. Wherever he went, from Napoli onwards, he did well. Then to say at the beginning of the season whatever we can win is a treat.

There are all the prerequisites to do well but you never know, that’s why football is beautiful.

He looked ahead to Sunday’s Derby della Capitale against intercity rivals Roma.

We’re at the beginning of the season, it’s too early. 

We’ll have to see, there’s still a game beforehand, but the derby is a separate match and it doesn’t matter who’s ahead in the table, who’s in bad form or who’s in good form.

Finally, Peruzzi spoke about Strakosha’s fatal error in the 1-0 Europa League loss to Galatasaray last week.

I heard from Thomas a minute after the game was over, we sent each other messages. 

It was a mistake. I know he’s a great guy and a great goalkeeper, so I wish him all the best.

Peruzzi worked as Lazio’s team manager from 2016 until earlier this year when he decided not to renew his yearly contract following differences of opinion with president Claudio Lotito and sporting director Igli Tare.

He was known for being extremely close to the squad and supporting them, forging strong relationships with many of the players.

Strakosha was one of these players, and Peruzzi’s support following the mistake against Galatasaray will have surely made a difference to the Albanian goalkeeper’s mindset.