Today is the start of the Lazio pre-season training camp in Auronzo di Cadore, giving Maurizio Sarri the chance to work closely with his squad.
The Biancocelesti arrived at the idyllic Veneto town yesterday after flying from Rome. The picturesque town, which is situated against a stunning mountainous backdrop, has played host to the Roman club’s pre-season training retreats for years now, giving the squad a comfortable base to prepare for their work.
Last year was Sarri’s first in Auronzo and he did not have as much time as he’d have liked, with his attacking 4-3-3 system requiring a clear understanding to work properly. He’s full of enthusiasm ahead of his second season in charge and ready to further teach the players in order to push for a top-four finish; to place bets on where Lazio will finish this year, visit soccer Betway.
The Lazio coach is a little concerned about the slow transfer market work; he has been left without a first-team goalkeeper still following the departures of Thomas Strakosha and Pepe Reina, leaving him to work with Marius Adamonis. He’s hoping for some reinforcements to arrive extremely soon.
He’s also lacking defensive reinforcements as well, with only Mario Gila set to arrive for the time being. Deals are reportedly close to being reached for both Nicolo Casale and Alessio Romagnoli, however.
Lazio will play four friendlies during their time in Auronzo, with the first coming against Auronzo Calcio on 10th July. The second friendly, against NK Dekani, will be played on the 14th and both games will cost €12 to attend.
After this, Lazio will play friendlies against Triestina on the 17th and Primorje on the 21st, and tickets for either of these matches will cost fans €15.
Sarri will now have to work hard to try and get the squad on the same page ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 Serie A season, which will kick off on the weekend of 14th August – the season is starting a little earlier than usual due to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
His squad is being overhauled a little following his debut year in Rome, with a number of players either moving on or being phased out, like Luiz Felipe, Lucas Leiva, Francesco Acerbi, Strakosha and Vedat Muriqi. He was hoping for a number of reinforcements but predictably things have been slow, with the only arrivals so far being Marcos Antonio and Matteo Cancellieri.
Lazio’s first game of the 2022-23 Serie A season is against Bologna on 14th August.