Sergej Milinkovic-Savic made his 300th appearance for Lazio in their impressive 4-2 win over Feyenoord.
The Biancocelesti did not disappoint in their Europa League opener last night, shining in front of their fans at the Stadio Olimpico as they stormed to an exciting victory over their Dutch opposition.
The 27-year-old Milinkovic-Savic did not start against Feyenoord but he came on in the second half to give Lazio a boost, making his 300th appearance for the club. He commented on this after the full-time whistle, saying: “Tonight was my 300th game, I’m happy and always Forza Lazio!”
The Serbian midfielder joined Lazio in August 2015 from Belgian side Genk in a deal worth around €12m. Since his arrival, he has scored 58 goals and provided 55 assists across his 300 appearances, helping the side win a Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. His current contract expires with the club in 2024 and a renewal will likely be offered in the coming months to keep him in Rome for an extended period of time.
Lazio have a long way to go to clinch progression in the European competition and Milinkovic-Savic will be relied on heavily by Maurizio Sarri. However, with the FIFA World Cup around the corner, the manager will have to be smart in deploying the player, as he will most definitely want to shine on the big stage in Dubai.
So far this season, he has made an appearance in every possible fixture, for a total of 456 minutes. This is a regularity for the midfielder – in the 2021-22 season, he made 47 appearances; in the 2020-21 season, he made 41 appearances; in the 2019-20 season, he made 43 appearances; in the 2018-19 season, he made 41 appearances – all of which highlight his ability to be consistent and stay match fit.
Taking a look at Lazio’s Europa League schedule, they take on Midtjylland in Matchday 2 (on September 15) and Matchday 5 (on October 27), SK Sturm Graz in Matchday 3 (on October 6) and Matchday 4 (on October 13), and Feyenoord once again in Matchday 6 (on November 3).
Concerning all-time points acquired in the competition, Lazio rank fourth with 89. They have played 79 matches – bolstering a record of 33 wins, 22 draws, and 24 losses – scoring 121 goals and conceding 97 goals. However, what they will try to change this season is progressing past the Quarter-Finals – something that they have been unable to accomplish to date.