Felipe Anderson opened up about his feelings at this crucial stage of the season, highlighting Lazio’s goals and unity in the race for a top four finish.
The 30-year-old Brazilian winger has proven himself a core part of Maurizio Sarri’s squad in the Italian capital, scoring nine goals and providing six assists in 35 Serie A appearances this season. His ability to adapt as a false nine has been crucial during the periods when Ciro Immobile has been sidelined with injury.
Lazio are desperately fighting for Champions League qualification and currently sit fourth in the Serie A table with three games left to play, four points ahead of fifth place Milan.
Speaking to journalists during his visit to the Roman Pascal institute (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Felipe Anderson first discussed Lazio’s fight for a top four finish.
We have arrived at a special moment, we must concentrate in Udine because it’s all in our hands and we can’t make any more mistakes.
We are talking a lot and we want to live this tension because it means we are fighting for something big. We have to get used to that.
He touched on his role as a leader in the Biancocelesti dressing room.
Yes, both because of my age and because I’ve been here so long. I am friends with everyone, I know the environment and this experience can also help the young players and the team in this difficult period.
Everyone has an important role in the locker room, the team listens to everyone, even newcomers who are always welcome.
In particular moments you have to stay united, as Immobile and Sarri have already said, because if everyone thinks for himself you go nowhere.
The Brazilian winger commented on his usage as a striker this season.
Being a centre forward has always been difficult, but especially this year I have made myself available.
I like being a centre forward, because you are closer to the goal, you have more opportunities, but I will always be available hoping to improve further.
Finally, Felipe Anderson looked ahead to the near future.
I still haven’t realised that I’m going to be a dad soon. Everyone tells me that every day will be better. We hope to give them the Champions League.