Mattia Zaccagni detailed his role under Maurizio Sarri, Lazio’s start to the season and the dangers of Udinese.
The 27-year-old Italian winger has had a strong start to the campaign, scoring three goals and providing three assists in nine Serie A outings so far. Zaccagni is a core part of Sarri’s squad in Rome and his growth on the pitch is evident this campaign.
Lazio as a whole look more consistent this year, finally combining their offensive prowess with some defensive stability.
Speaking in the Lazio matchday programme (via LazioNews24), Zaccagni first gave his thoughts on today’s opponents Udinese.
It will be an important match, against a difficult opponent who are doing well. Udinese may be physical, but they also have quality individuals. In short, a match that has to be prepared in the best possible way.
He commented on his and Lazio’s start to the season.
I’m very happy with this start to my season. My goal is to always improve, thus giving the team a big hand.
Three goals already? I’ve improved in the finishing phase, but I can still grow. I’ve never scored against Udinese? I hope I can do it today, but it won’t be easy.
Finally, Zaccagni discussed his role under Sarri in this team.
As soon as I arrived at Lazio, I spoke to Sarri and he told me that he would deploy me as left winger. We can definitely say that my role was a great intuition of the coach.
Udinese are one of the most in-form teams in Italy at the moment and haven’t lost since their opening day defeat to defending champions Milan.
The team strung together six consecutive wins before their 2-2 draw with Atalanta last weekend, which was still a positive result considering that they came back from 2-0 down.