Maurizio Sarri feels that Lazio are still involved in the race for a top four finish this season following their draw with Udinese.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN (via LazioNews24) after the game, the 63-year-old Italian coach first reacted to the result at the Dacia Arena.
We played a good match considering we played 72 hours ago, Pedro also got injured. In the last 15 minutes we suffered but it was normal.
If we had a little more time we could work on small details, the goal we conceded is one of these situations.
The team is coming out from behind much better now, I can’t say anything to the guys tonight. I saw a team that wanted to do what it had to do.
The 63-year-old Italian coach commented on the race for a top four finish this season and how the lack of European commitment helps in this.
If we make a path we can fight for the Champions League, if we didn’t have European commitments we could’ve probably already been fighting for it.
We have to think about our games, we had shown this ability to play on the third day after Europe, today we improved in this aspect too. The final drop was foreseeable, we also have so many absences and we cannot rotate.
He touched on the physical condition of star striker Ciro Immobile, who missed yesterday’s match due to a flu.
I hope Immobile will be available for Porto, I think he will be.
Cabral isn’t in the same physical condition as the rest of the team, but he did pretty well tonight considering everything. He had a good approach.
Finally, Sarri highlighted the differences between this Lazio team and his famous Napoli side of years prior.
Lazio are different to my Napoli side, we’re looking for the best way to make them express themselves based on their characteristics and our ideas.
The evaluation on the period in Naples was only relative to the fun, which is identical.
Lazio’s next match is the second leg of the Europa League play-off tie against Porto. They lost the first leg in Portugal 2-1 last week.