Akpa Akpro Wants Lazio “To Have a High Tempo Start” Against Hellas Verona

Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro thought that Lazio deserved a goal in last night’s goalless draw against Olympique Marseille.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via LazioNews24) after the game, the 29-year-old Ivorian midfielder first commented on the tense match in the Stadio Olimpico yesterday.

Today’s match was very difficult. We started this match with fear and our opponents found courage, then the second half was played well. 

Too bad we didn’t score, we would have deserved to score at least one goal.

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The Lazio midfielder noted the need for the team to remain consistent in order to continue their growth.

Now we have found a solidity of play, we had a good match against Inter and also this evening.

Now we have to be consistent by playing a great match at the Bentegodi against Hellas Verona.

Finally, Akpa Akpro looked ahead to the next game against Hellas Verona and the requirement for the squad to always play aggressively.

We have to be aggressive in all games, even against Verona. We were aggressive against Inter and we have to put the same attitude on the pitch on Sunday as well. 

If we want to show that we are great players in a great team, we must be able to be consistent with this system. Against Verona we’ll need intensity to demonstrate that against a great team. 

When the approach is not good, you risk losing confidence and the opponents could benefit from it, on Sunday we will have to have a high tempo start against Verona.

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The 29-year-old Akpa Akpro, who is contracted to Lazio until 2025, has made eight appearances across all competitions so far this season under coach Maurizio Sarri.

The Ivorian has been used by the 62-year-old Italian coach at times to provide more stability to the midfield, with the team sometimes being too unbalanced with both Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the midfield three.

Akpa Akpro is likely to remain a regular part of Sarri’s squads throughout this season, with his defensive capabilities important in the 62-year-old Italian coach’s system.

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