Wednesday February 28 2018
Lazio can handle three fronts

Still in contention in Serie A, the Europa League and Coppa Italia, Nick Valerio believes the Biancocelesti should fear no one.

It was a bad start to the month for Lazio, racking up three consecutive defeats at the hands of Genoa, leaders Napoli and Steaua Bucharest. Since this mini wobble, it’s played three, won three, netting an impressive 10 goals in the process and this gives a good measure of the group at the disposal of Simone Inzaghi.

While bitter rivals Roma toil and struggle to impose themselves, the Biancocelesti have proved their mettle, displaying the great maturity which has flourished since Inzaghi’s arrival in 2016.

In his debut season at the helm, the young Italian boss masterminded a fifth-place finish in the league and a Coppa Italia final place and the club are well on course to not only matching, but eclipsing this feat.

From a goal-scoring point of view, the squad are only 10 short of last term’s haul and Inzaghi deserves immense credit for the form of Ciro Immobile. The 28-year-old has hit over 30 goals in all competitions and has finally found the perfect home after many years on loan at various clubs. Pleasingly, the striker is delivering on the European stage and Lazio will fancy their chances against Dinamo Kiev in the Europa League Last 16.

The goals don’t end there, though. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto have nearly 20 efforts between them this campaign and the young Serbian is sure to be one of the summer’s hottest properties.

Looking at the field, bar the obvious trio of Atletico Madrid, Lyon and counterparts Milan, the Aquile have their best chance of winning a first piece of European silverware since the UEFA Super Cup triumph in 1999 against English outfit Manchester United. Lazio can outscore anyone and must seize their opportunity.

Of course, it’s unlikely to be plain sailing for the Aquile right until mid-May and there will be twists and turns on the way, but they’re in real contention and have a squad big enough to cope with the rigours of a match every few days, if they were to progress in Europe.

On the home front, the immediate challenge is to topple a rejuvenated Milan side in tonight’s Coppa Italia second-leg at San Siro. The opening tie ended 0-0 and it’ll be a fascinating watch between two contrasting Italian Coaches who have instilled belief and excitement in their respective camps. The Rossoneri could be about to make it a four-horse race for the final Champions League positions and these spots are the equivalent of a trophy in some quarters.

Lazio, though, should have no trouble finishing alongside pacesetters Napoli and champions Juventus outright due to the sheer number of goals they continue to plunder.

All in all, it’s been another progressive year for the Biancocelesti, but it could be about to get even better as the final months of the 2017-18 campaign unfold. With bragging rights in the capital more than likely, cup glory may also follow to the Eternal City under the sparkling stewardship of Inzaghi.

Have your say...
Three fronts proved too high for Lazio to climb.
Clearly not surprising.......

You pump them up, and regularly they get shot down..........
on the 2nd March, 2018 at 1:02pm
On himself making it so much easier to defend against. Long balls by Bonucci kept on confusing their defence. Immobile caused problems but was so often left isolated. There was generally very little quality on show., I could not bring myself to watch the extra time
on the 1st March, 2018 at 10:22am
@Primo did you really enjoy the game as I thought both sides were poor especially in the final 3rd. Milan looked tired and very laboured. Giving the ball away cheaply from the back, making a number of silly cross field passes at the back that on another day would have been punished. The 2nd performance against Roma was nowhere to be seen.,Having said that they did create the better chances. As for Lazio the final ball was woeful . They need a quality left footed player as Lucic kept coming back
on the 1st March, 2018 at 10:11am
Congrats on a good match Lazio fans! May we both finish ahead of Inter this season. ;)
on the 1st March, 2018 at 6:21am
Football Italia..
Your CAPTCHA is impossible to read most of the time, it took 5 attempts to get it right. Does have to be so difficult?
on the 1st March, 2018 at 2:28am
Lazio are doing a great job, solid team in every way, but good thing they lost today, this way they can focus on EL and maybe win it for Serie A, that should give us 5 spots since they're already going to finish in top 4, right? and improve the coefficient, and Milan get to keep the momentum going.. As a Milan fan it's a win win situation, at least for me :)
on the 1st March, 2018 at 2:27am
What i'm saying is Napoli is not doing the league any favors and are being profoundly selfish and if (or when?) it backfires and they lose in Turin in a few weeks and procede to finish second everybody else is going to be to blame. VAR for example which one week is lauded for not helping Juventus and then the next week described as part of conspiracy to guaranty them another title and the same people are pushing both narratives each week and both make sense to them it seems.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 4:20pm
Immobile Alberto Anderson Milinkovic Parolo Leiva Lulic Radu deVrij Strakosha

This is a solid core. A bit too many foreigners for the core, but strong nonetheless. Inzaghi is doing well getting the best out of them.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 4:05pm
This is what Serie A really needs, not a new champion but other teams playing for as long as possible in Europe. It would be much better for Serie A if Juventus won the title this season as well but Napoli qualified from their CL group and maybe finished second in Serie A. Napoli possibly winning the title in Italy will do nothing for Serie A, they lost out on a lot of money from Europe and Juventus is just going to win the title again next season and go 7 out of 8 instead of 7 straight titles
on the 28th February, 2018 at 3:42pm
It's all about priorities for Lazio...They can and should take the EL as a priority, but as the author pointed out,"JUST" CL qualifications is seen as good as a trophy in recent times(which is quite frankly a loser club/small club mentality e.g.Napoli).Should they get through tonight and continue to do well in the league, I fear, they will heavily rotate in the EL, which is NOT good for Serie A!
on the 28th February, 2018 at 1:02pm
please correct the article. Match will be in Rome.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 9:26am
They'll beat Milan and will have a good run in the Europa League. If they can stay healthy.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 4:38am
I said it once earlier in the season, commented on a related piece. Lazio are a serious team, they may not have the most solid defence but these guys light up teams. As an Interista, our fans are delusional to think we are finishing ahead of Lazio this season, it would take a miracle.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 3:53am

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