Lazio full-back Elseid Hysaj is fully focused on tomorrow’s match against Torino and isn’t distracted by the upcoming Rome derby.

Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 27-year-old Albanian full-back first discussed the growth of both himself and coach Maurizio Sarri.

We’re a little more mature, I’ve had other coaches I’ve done more systems, he coached more teams, now we’re more mature.

He then touched on the strongest players currently in the Lazio squad.

There are many strong players, maybe if I have to name one I’d say Ciro Immobile is the strongest striker. 

Better to have him on the team than against, however, then there is also Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto.

Hysaj spoke about his decision to sign for the Biancocelesti as a free agent earlier this summer.

An extra gear with Sarri, I didn’t think too much about it. How long it takes is unknown, we’re improving every game. 

We’re filing down the things we’re doing wrong, but with the coach and the training sessions it’ll be a quick journey. 

Torino are strong, the coach knows how to play football, we have to go in convinced that we are strong and believe in ourselves.

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The Albanian full-back discussed the Roman club’s goals in both Serie A and the Europa League.

Game by game, nothing is known about the future. 

We’ll see where we make mistakes, at the end of the year we’ll see where we’re at.

He touched on the greatest difficulties currently facing Lazio and if he’s thinking about the upcoming derby against Roma.

We can still improve, the guys are available to understand what the coach says, Lazio played with 3-5-2, for some it is difficult to change the system. We are improving enough. 

We’re not thinking about the derby, all matches are difficult.

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He spoke about the differences between Sarri now and the Sarri of Empoli and Napoli.

Different no, he’s even more motivated after the experiences he’s had. I see him charged up, he likes it here, on the pitch he is giving what he already gave in Empoli, he is transmitting this desire to change system and game, to go on his addresses. 

Sooner or later we will have fun.

Finally, Hysaj spoke about the battle for a starting spot between Pepe Reina and Thomas Strakosha, as well as the Albanian shot stopper’s mistake against Galatasaray.

That is an asset here, that’s for sure. They are two very strong goalkeepers, two champions, I felt sorry for Thomas.

But he’s a professional, the fans showed him affection, it’s important for him and for the team, to understand that they love us as people and as players.

We have two phenomena, they have to play.

The 27-year-old Hysaj, who is contracted to Lazio until 2025, has made five appearances so far this season under coach Sarri, for a total of 450 minutes. 

He has played the full 90 minutes of all the games so far, being someone who has years of experience previously playing under Sarri at both Empoli and Napoli.