A Real Solution to Salvage Lazio’s 2023-24 Season

Lazio finds themselves in a precarious position following a string of subpar performances and the resignation of manager Maurizio Sarri. While the search for a new leader is underway, the key to salvaging the season might lie closer to home – a return to the 3-5-2 formation that proved so successful under Simone Inzaghi.

A Familiar Formation for Familiar Faces

The current Lazio squad, despite recent struggles, remains well-suited to a 3-5-2 system, also known as a 5-3-2 in defensive situations. This formation would not only leverage the strengths of the existing players but could also reignite their individual form.

The defensive line would hold firm with the reliable trio of Patric, Alessio Romagnoli, and Mario Gila protecting goalkeeper Ivan Provedel. Each defender has performed well this season and has demonstrated a strong understanding of playing alongside one another.

Unleashing Manuel Lazzari & Felipe Anderson

Out wide, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lazzari would finally be able to flourish without the burden of consistently delivering the perfect final ball, an area where they’ve occasionally struggled. Instead, they can operate similarly to Juan Cuadrado at Juventus, a player who thrived by providing width and attacking impetus without needing to be the sole creative source.

Central Control & Creative Freedom

In the center of the park, Nicolo Rovella would act as the anchor, shielding the backline. Luis Alberto, who would be unshackled from his defensive duties, would be able to return to his playmaking best, threading killer through balls to the strikers – a skill that defined his rise to prominence. Meanwhile, Matteo Guendouzi would assume a box-to-box role similar to that of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic under Inzaghi, adding an attacking threat while utilizing his physical dominance.

A New Striking Partnership: Ciro Immobile & Taty Castellanos

The biggest gamble would lie in the untested partnership of Ciro Immobile and Taty Castellanos upfront. However, both strikers thrive on chasing balls into space, suggesting this approach could pay dividends. Imagine a reincarnation of the Immobile-Joaquin Correa partnership, but with Castellanos offering a stronger aerial presence.

Undoubtedly, this formation would sacrifice playing time for natural wingers like Gustav Isaksen and Mattia Zaccagni. However, adapting to a more central attacking role should not be detrimental to their development. Ultimately, the team’s success hinges on collective strength, not individual preference.

A Last Chance at Securing Silverware

By returning to a familiar formation and maximizing the talents of its existing squad, Lazio would be able to breathe new life into its season and potentially salvage silverware in the Coppa Italia. While challenges remain, a tactical shift back to the 3-5-2 could be the spark that ignites Lazio’s fire.

Lazio (3-5-2): Provedel; Patric, Romagnoli, Mario Gila; Lazzari, Guendouzi, Rovella, Luis Alberto, Felipe Anderson; Castellanos, Immobile.

Subs for Backline: Nicolo Casale (center-back), Adam Marusic (right center-back)

Subs for Midfield: Danilo Cataldi (regista), Matias Vecino (central midfielder), Daichi Kamada (central midfielder)

Subs for Flanks: Hysaj (right wing-back), Pellegrini (left wing-back)

Subs for Attack: Mattia Zaccagni (left attacker), Gustav Isaksen (right attacker)

Tags Anderson Castellanos Ciro Immobile Felipe Anderson immobile Inzaghi Lazio Luis Alberto Maurizio Sarri Sarri Simone Inzaghi taty Castellanos


  1. The 4-3-3 from the beginning was not working…the interim manager should be bold to use the 3-5-2… the players are already accustomed to that

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