Maurizio Sarri highlighted the poor quality of the Stadio Olimpico pitch and praised his team after Lazio’s confident 2-0 win over Hellas Verona.
The Biancocelesti worked hard to secure all three points against the Gialloblu after a tiring mid-week clash against Feyenoord, which they deservedly won 4-2, and they succeeded after second half goals from Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto. It was an important result for Lazio, proving that they can still show their best after a draining Europa League game.
Speaking in a press conference (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Sarri first reacted to Lazio’s 2-0 win over Hellas Verona.
It was a difficult match, Verona are a complicated team to face. They create huge problems when playing out the back, problems greatly amplified by a pitch not worthy of the city of Rome.
I appeal to those in charge to fix it because this isn’t a pitch that a professional team can play on properly.
He touched on the rotations made for the match and the strong work of his entire squad.
The intensity dropped in the last 20 minutes and spaces for play opened up. Bravo to the team for showing patience.
It was a good response from everyone, about 18 or 19 players featured in two matches. Both those who played more and those who played less responded well on the pitch.
The Lazio coach spoke about the work of midfielder Luis Alberto.
When Luis comes on fresh and the other teams drop he shows his technical qualities. When this situation occurs it’s clear that he can be the decisive change.
Sarri was also satisfied with the Biancocelesti’s defensive performance and their ability to keep a clean sheet.
At the moment I’m more than happy with the defensive solidity, you can score as much as you want but if you concede a lot you don’t achieve anything.
If you manage to reserve last year’s defensive issues it would be an achievements then if you score 75 or 80 goals it’s fine as well. Solidity is the basic quality to work on.
He underlined his happiness in Rome and affection for the Lazio fans.
I feel good here in Rome and for a coach that’s never easy. The people I’ve met at Formello have a killer affection for me.
I began to feel a part of this environment very quickly, I felt I was part of the Lazio family.
Finally, Sarri discussed the performances of new arrivals Nicolo Casale and Marcos Antonio.
The first five minutes Casale was a bit nervous, then he loosened up and did well. Marcos Antonio had a good match despite not being the best with his characteristics.
Great dribbling and personality, he never hides with the ball. Two performances that give us hope for the future.