Maurizio Sarri was satisfied about Lazio’s impressive 3-1 win over Inter last night, but he made it clear that consistency was key.
The Biancocelesti secured all three points in front of their adoring home fans at the Stadio Olimpico last night, with goals from Felipe Anderson, Luis Alberto and Pedro proving enough to send Simone Inzaghi’s side back up to Lombardy with their tails between their legs.
Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Sarri first reacted to Lazio’s performance in the win over Inter.
We are starting to give the feeling that we can get through even difficult moments of the match unscathed. Last year we either dominated the match or we struggled.
The only big difficulties came from their physicality on set pieces. Even when the team suffered, they did so with order, and order is a great quality.
The 63-year-old Italian coach gave his thoughts on the team’s Europa League campaign this season.
Feyenoord are a good team, I don’t know the rest very well. Midtjylland are a team that is bringing out important players, we’ll see when the time comes. Now we think about preparing for the match in Genoa, which won’t be easy.
Today’s win gives us three points, not six, it should only give us positive momentum but tomorrow morning we must train for the next match. From Wednesday we go back to playing every three days, to disposable football, to modern football that I don’t like.
He spoke about the work of Felipe Anderson, who scored the first goal against Inter.
Felipe has been doing well for a long time. At the level of consistency I see him different, now he’s in a moment where he’s working well and giving a great contribution to the team.
I think he’s taken the right path, offensively he’ll never be a monster of consistency but in the team he always makes a positive contribution.
Sarri was clearly not impressed with the qualify of officiating on display in the match.
I didn’t really understand the refereeing. We were put down in a brutal manner three or four times without fouls called. We were booked with our first foul.
On Immobile for me it was a penalty without waiting for VAR. The same on Immobile happened just outside the area. We had the meeting with the referee and we promised him to be better.
The Lazio coach commented on the team’s growing consistency and the need to stay focused.
The team played some very high-level matches last year too, like the one against Inter or in Florence against Fiorentina. Let’s see if this year we can find that something that we lacked last year. The feeling is that we are growing and the application of the boys is extraordinary.
Last year we were first or second in games that were overturned, in my opinion we have become more orderly from a tactical and mental point of view and therefore the ability to get through the critical points of the game unscathed seems to be growing.
I want consistency, anyone can win a single game, in three months few, in six months almost none.
Finally, Sarri gave his thoughts about star midfielder Luis Alberto, who scored a wonderful shot from outside the box to put the Roman club back in the lead.
Luis Alberto entered with a fierce determination and did very well, not only for the goal. At the moment when I had the sensation that the intensity of Inter’s midfield was waning I put in lighter, more technical players.