The Importance of Lazio’s Serie A Fixture Against Juventus

By Jerry Mancini -

It has been a hectic start to the 2021/22 Serie A season for Lazio. Their campaign is nearing the halfway point and the Biancocelesti currently find themselves fifth in the standings, four points behind Inter and one point back of Atalanta for third and fourth place, respectively.

It has been a transition year for the club after previous manager, Simone Inzaghi, left in the summer to join Inter. However, the club made a bold decision to hire Maurizio Sarri in his place and remain competitive with the top-tier clubs.

After starting the season with two straight convincing wins versus Empoli and Spezia, they had a setback when they lost 2-0 to AC Milan after the International Break. Plenty of work remained under Sarri as they still needed time to understand and implement his style of play.

As the season progressed, Lazio were playing poorly against the mid-table teams. Losses versus Bologna and Hellas Verona signaled that this team was starting to disconnect. As a result, after their brutal 4-1 defeat to the Gialloblu, Lazio went into a ritiro and this was a decision that worked out well.

Since then, Lazio have been unbeaten in four games across all competitions and have been playing brilliant football. One of the major issues that was resolved over this period was the friction between Luis Alberto and Sarri. The Spaniard has since played his best football this season and has shown a better attitude.

In addition, players such as Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have regained the form which made Lazio successful back in 2017/18. With key players stepping up for the Biancocelesti this season, the club is currently in a good position to return to the UEFA Champions League.

The Biancocelesti’s next match is against Juventus and is one of their most important to date. The Bianconeri are currently in eighth place and trail Lazio by three points.

Although Massimiliano Allegri rejoined the team this past summer to try and find their identity once again, after two years away from the club, it is a different team that needs time to adjust to recent changes, similar to Lazio.

However, despite being very inconsistent, this should not be overlooked by Lazio, as they have found different ways to win this year. They have enough quality in the likes of Federico Chiesa, Alvaro Morata, and Manuel Locatelli who can change the game for them.

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This match has importance for both teams as neither side want to fall further back of fourth place and are trying to qualify for next year’s edition of the Champions League. Lazio must take full advantage as they are currently in the best possible form and full of confidence. However, they must do so without Immobile, who is the leading striker in Serie A, as he will be out of the match due to an injury.

As a result, it has been reported that Lazio are considering to deploy a false nine. In this case, Pedro could take the place of the Italian as he has proven to be a reliable option this year. The forward has scored in three straight Serie A matches and has been one of Lazio’s most in-form players at the current moment. This season, he has four goals and two assists across all competitions.

The defense will definitely be challenged as Manuel Lazzari is fighting to be fit enough to start the fixture and Adam Marusic has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Stefan Radu or Patric could be called upon. With Lazzari, Marusic, and Immobile all possibly out for this match, the depth of this team will be tested once again, as it was versus Inter earlier on this season.

Lazio has shown the ability to beat the upper echelon clubs this season, as they have defeated the likes of Roma and Inter. Yet, with Juventus struggling at the moment and not playing their best football, Lazio need to take advantage as they have just two wins in their last ten Serie A matches versus the Bianconeri.

Although there will be periods of highs and lows as the players continue to adjust to a new style of play, win or lose, the club need to put forth a quality performance to prove that they are willing to work hard under Sarri and show that they can do what it takes to progress under their new manager.

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