Simone Inzaghi said Lazio “feel defrauded for the fourth week in a row and it makes you think. This was the hardest half-time talk of my career.”
The 3-1 defeat to Torino was overshadowed by controversy over Ciro Immobile’s red card for jerking his head towards Nicolas Burdisso and the lack of a penalty for Iago Falque’s handling offence.
“The images are clear. I can analyse the first half, but in the second it was decided by the referee, his collaborators and VAR. We should’ve done better in the first half, we created a few chances and Torino also had their opportunities,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“We had the feeling we could get the victory, but for the fourth week in a row we were left feeling defrauded. It’s a series of incidents that really makes you think. You all saw it.”
Luis Alberto said at half-time that “people don’t like Lazio in the top four.” Does Inzaghi also see a conspiracy against them?
“I don’t know, but after four weekends like this, you do think it. I hope not, because it’s the most beautiful sport in the world, but after four games in a row where the mistakes are always against the same team…
“It was the hardest half-time talk I’ve had in my coaching career, because it didn’t seem right to deny the evidence in front of my lads.
“I asked Burdisso why he hadn’t told the referee that there was nothing in it and he replied that he had told the officials that. I hope there will be an appeal and they can see there was nothing in it.
“We should’ve done better and taken the lead in the first 45 minutes, but when certain things happen, it’s really irritating. I was able to calm the team down and talk about the pitch situation for three times, but the fourth was tough.
“It’s the fourth time in a row I’ve found myself here saying the same things and at this stage it’s difficult to get my players to focus. We could see in the second half that the lads just weren’t with their minds on the game and they couldn’t stay clear-headed.
“It’s natural for people to ask themselves questions and give themselves answers. It’s going to be a fiery week ahead and I have to try to keep my players focused.”