Former Lazio coach Sven-Goran Eriksson didn’t expect Inter coach Simone Inzaghi to grow to such a level.

Speaking in an interview with Italian newspaper Tuttosport (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the Swede first commented on the rise of Inzaghi, his time with the Biancocelesti and move to the Nerazzurri.

No, I didn’t think about it at the time, but only because he was very young. Simone has been pursuing this career for several years now, obtaining excellent results. 

He is doing great! Now it’s up to him to continue on the right path with a very strong and prestigious team like Inter. 

Absolutely he can enter the elite of coaches. He is now a young coach and can easily become like Mancini or Simeone. 

I mention them two because Inzaghi played at Lazio with both of them. And he can definitely follow their path.

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He touched on what kind of atmosphere he expects upon Inzaghi’s return to the Stadio Olimpico on 16th October.

I hope he gets a lot of applause. Inzaghi did great things with the Biancocelesti. Life is like that, you change. 

Only Alex Ferguson has coached Manchester United for a very long time. Inter in Italy is one of those teams that historically wins the most. 

They are the current champions, Simone will also try to triumph with the Nerazzurri.

The former England coach gave his thoughts on Inter’s title hopes for this season, as well as where he expects Lazio to end up.

They have sold an important player, Lukaku, who wherever he plays, he scores. The Nerazzurri can do it and repeat things, winning the Scudetto. 

Watch out, however, for Napoli, who are off to a strong start, and AC Milan, who can aspire to important positions. 

Roma remains a question mark, but with Mourinho on the bench they should do well. Juve, on the other hand, seems to be behind this year. 

Lazio? I don’t know…

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Finally, Eriksson looked ahead to the upcoming match between Lazio and Inter.

A very interesting match, full of emotions, especially for Inzaghi who, after a lifetime in the Biancoceleste, is returning to Rome as an opponent. 

My heart, for obvious reasons, beats for Lazio. While my brain makes me think that the Nerazzurri are favourites. We’ll see. In any case, I will enjoy the match from the television, for sure.

Inzaghi’s Inter currently sit third in the Serie A table after seven games, with 17 points. The Nerazzurri have won five of their seven opening games, drawing against Atalanta and Sampdoria.

Lazio, on the other hand, have had a more inconsistent start to the campaign, winning only three of their opening seven fixtures. Losses against AC Milan and Bologna have soured the mood a little in Formello.