Monday February 19 2018
Inzaghi: 'De Vrij can help Lazio'

Simone Inzaghi hopes Lazio’s win over Verona can prove a turning point this season, but reveals he was told of Stefan de Vrij’s exit yesterday.

The Aquile had managed just one draw from their last five games in all competition, but tonight’s 2-0 victory over Verona sent them above Inter into fourth place.

“We knew this was going to be a very important game, but I had faith because the lads worked well. I saw them concentrated in training, but also urged them to stay calm,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“It wasn’t easy this evening, but once we broke the deadlock, it all seemed easier. We won an important fixture at a difficult time.”

Before kick-off, Lazio director Igli Tare announced that the club had withdrawn its offer of a contract renewal to De Vrij, who can now leave as a free agent in June.

“We found out the news yesterday. It’s disappointing, because he’s a wonderful player, but he has made another choice. He did very well today and I’m sure he will continue to give 100 per cent, because he’s a professional.

“The lad is torn and trying to decide on his future. The club made a marvellous proposal, the player is hesitating on a reply, but I urge him to stay calm and give us a big hand for the rest of the season.”

Lazio hope to take this newfound confidence into Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32, as they must overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat to Steaua Bucharest.

“The Europa League is very important and we need the fans to come to the stadium and support us. Last year we gave it our all to qualify for Europe, now we are in there and want to put in a strong performance.”

As for Serie A, they are now back in fourth place ahead of Inter, while Milan have caught Sampdoria in joint sixth.

“There are 13 rounds to go, there’s room for everyone in this race. Milan had a slow start, but will certainly be there in the running for top four with Inter and Roma. Perhaps we are the ones who aren’t really supposed to be up there, but we believe in ourselves.”

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