Lazio Coach Sarri’s Decision to Play Pedro as False Nine vs Juventus Fails to Pay Off

Lazio winger Pedro did not impress playing as a false nine in the 2-0 loss to Juventus yesterday.

As reported by Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 62-year-old Italian coach was forced to tinker with his attack a little following star striker Ciro Immobile’s calf injury, and he did not want to start Vedat Muriqi against the Bianconeri.

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Sarri‘s decision instead was to start winger Pedro as a false nine, bringing in Mattia Zaccagni on the wing in his place. However, this did not pay off; Pedro’s off the ball movement left a lot to be desired and he failed to threaten the Juventus defence, with the absence of Immobile becoming apparent early into the match.

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The 62-year-old Italian coach will now have to decide whether to repeat the experiment in Lazio’s upcoming games or to try trusting in Muriqi again.

Sarri has specifically requested a new backup striker for the January Transfer Window, suggesting the Kosovan’s departure is now inevitable.

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