Ex-Team Manager Peruzzi: “I Can’t Say I Feel Like a Lazio Fan”

Former Lazio team manager Angelo Peruzzi remembered the habits of now-Inter coach Simone Inzaghi.

Speaking in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24) earlier today, Peruzzi first spoke about some of the ways that he would try to calm down the 45-year-old Italian coach.

Me, Walter the warehouseman and Giocondo the cook were Simone Inzaghi’s tension switch.

With our usual games, we managed to relieve his tension and keep him from thinking about the opponents, the formation and the drop in performance of his team. 

But he almost never sleeps before matches.

The former Lazio team manager then commented on some of the changes that Inzaghi has undergone over the years.

He really is a different person than when he was a player. I thought he could never be a coach, because he lives for the day. Now he’s become responsible. 

Simone is a top-notch coach who studies every day and is a real decision-maker. In fact, he’s tough and knowledgeable. 

He knows how to be sweet with the players, but also authoritative.

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He discussed the comparisons made between Inzaghi and former Inter coach Antonio Conte.

Many people talk about Simone through hearsay. 

The two paths are different, but Inzaghi certainly does not lack the temperament of a winner, and this Inter team has everything they need to repeat themselves.

Peruzzi revealed why he chose not to become a coach after retiring.

I chose not to be a coach. Too many responsibilities, tensions and pressures. 

Let’s say I want to sleep at night.

He spoke about a past spat between himself and Italy coach Roberto Mancini.

We didn’t even touch each other. We were p*ssed off and we didn’t talk to each other for months. It was all related to the issue of Sereni’s arrival. 

But Roberto is a great guy, compared to me he is not bitter.

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He gave his thoughts on former Italy and Juventus coach Marcello Lippi.

He is a winner, but also someone who says things to your face. 

However, I have never been upset because he has always been a straightforward and loyal person.

Finally, Peruzzi discussed his feelings about Lazio.

I have always loved playing football, but I have never been a fan. 

I can’t say I feel like a Lazio fan, but definitely twelve years and they can’t be overlooked.

Peruzzi was most recently the Lazio team manager, leaving the role after five years at the end of last season.

The 51-year-old Italian had a falling out with president Claudio Lotito regarding the Luis Alberto plane controversy, a rift that seemingly couldn’t be resolved between the pair.

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