Maurizio Sarri was very happy with Lazio’s key 2-1 win over Sassuolo, defending Ciro Immobile despite his relatively disappointing performance.
The Biancocelesti secured the three points at the Stadio Olimpico yesterday thanks to goals from Manuel Lazzari and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with the latter being the best player on the pitch by far, earning significant press from the Italian press following the game.
Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference after the game (via LazioNews24), Sarri first reacted to the win over Sassuolo.
To think that a match against Sassuolo is easy is nonsense. They’re an important team, for me they’re the best in Italy. Today was difficult and we did well.
We built a lot and we did well defensively. I’m happy with the reaction and now we have to see what we’ll do in the next few games.
If Immobile was so upset he would have missed the goals and everything else. Today he played an excellent game, he often found the conclusion, he was able to reach the team, he was able to stretch the team and attack the depth.
Sarri discussed the strong emotions present in the Biancocelesti environment and how it’s difficult to understand from outside.
Today we had to look for moral redemption, given what happened in the derby. We’ve been working on this over the weeks. I congratulated the lads on the way they responded to my provocations. You can’t understand Lazio from the outside.
When you experience it inside it gives you strong emotions, today we came onto the pitch to applause despite the derby loss. I have an enormous responsibility considering the affection we receive. I’m happy here and I like living Lazio.
He gave his thoughts on Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, who is known for his inconsistency.
He always leaves me feeling angry. Because when he does well I know he can always do more. He has stratospheric qualities, I see that he is trying to fill these emotional gaps that he often has inside the games. If he succeeds he becomes devastating.
Sarri discussed the quality of Italian football, a hot topic following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Today’s match was of a high level, I don’t see the problem of whether Italian football is technical or tactical. I think there is a problem of sports policy.
We haven’t thought about making sports projects, building stadiums and we haven’t thought about making the grounds where we play top quality.
The other leagues are cashing in and we’re getting the crumbs. This makes Serie A a less attractive league for players and less rich.
In the dressing room he told me that he had never scored three goals when he was playing full back. The boy is happy and I’m pleased. I’m proud of the defensive performance he made, not so much the offensive one which I was less worried about.
Patric is an underrated player, he’s very technical and very quick. He’s on an important path and if you look at the last seven games I haven’t seen any big mistakes