Lazio striker Ciro Immobile was not happy following the 1-1 draw against Torino last night.
Speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) after the match, the 31-year-old Italian striker commented on the match at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
I’m not particularly happy, we need to work harder and not be afraid to play. We seem to take to the pitch fearful despite the fact that we’ve improved our defence in recent games.
There’s many changes and the close matches don’t help. Today we needed a lot of energy. We drew, but we are not happy.
He commented on the period of rough form that the team are currently experiencing.
Unconsciously, our self-esteem is falling. After AC Milan we lost enthusiasm and this must never happen, even if you lose to a strong team like Milan and especially if you’ve started a new and challenging path like ours.
The defeats must serve as a lesson, not break us in two. Sunday is the derby and it would be a good step forward to bring home a victory.
The derby must be played with a knife between our teeth, we are convinced that we can do it but it must come from inside us.
The coach and the staff are doing their best, we have to follow Sarri.
It’s not the result we expected on the eve of the match but Torino are playing well and are in a good moment, against Juric’s teams it’s always demanding.
We take home a good draw that makes us half happy. I’d always like to help the team as much as possible, we’re making changes and I hope the game will slowly improve and more goals will come.
He touched on the upcoming derby against the Giallorossi.
The derby is always a game in itself, the fans expect great things and we have to respond on the pitch. We have to be ready both mentally and physically.
Finally, Immobile spoke about the Torino fans’ negative chants aimed at him.
Nothing to say, it fits. In all stadiums I happen to hear certain things, there are those who love me more and those less. It’s part of the game.
Lazio now sit 7th in the Serie A table after five games, with eight points. The Biancocelesti started the season well, with strong wins over Empoli 3-1 and Spezia 6-1, but the 2-0 loss to AC Milan pushed the squad into a run of bad form.