Friday April 13 2018
Inzaghi's fatal flaw

Simone Inzaghi is a brilliant Coach, but his attacking mentality means Lazio tend to crumble defensively, argues Ramez Nathan

Living in the shadow of Super Pippo for years, Simone watched his older brother join Juventus while he was still playing in the third division and even though he had an astonishing season at Lazio later, Pippo was always the better footballer, knowing how to stab the ball into the net by instinct as he lead Juventus and Milan to glory and Italy to the most prestigious title, the World Cup.

However, since he was a little boy, Simone used to be the team captain whenever they played, as he had leadership instincts in his blood. He told everyone in his team their strengths and weaknesses, instructing them by demonstrating examples of the Serie A stars similar to their style of play.

The fact Simone has been a Coach all along is expressed in the way Lazio have been claiming great runs since last year and the most important factor in his success is that he understands the hardships players go through when they are disregarded and knows how to lend a helping hand.

Working with troublemaker Keita Balde Diao last season to help him reach his best from, turning Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto to cornerstones in his empire with the latter receiving a national team call. Above all, reviving the Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund fiasco, as the unleashed Ciro Immobile became the most destructive striker Lazio has ever witnessed in Serie A with his 27 goals.

As the resurrection of talents is one of his greatest attributions, leading a well-oiled machine to fire 75 goals in the top flight (more than any team), it leaves the backline embarrassingly fragile and the complete breakdown against RB Salzburg was not the first of this season. The Biancocelesti suffered the same scenario twice against Napoli and between the top 10 teams in Serie A only Sampdoria hold a worse defensive record than Lazio.

Inzaghi is without a doubt one of the most promising Coaches in Italy right now, with the character the team has shown in huge fixtures like the two triumphs over Juventus and for his habit of working on the smallest details, sending players personalised videos via Whatsapp as part of his teaching methods.

The disappointing collapse at the Red Bull Arena is an indicator the 42-year-old Coach still has a lot to learn, but at the same time he is the kind of tactician Lazio need to hold on to with both hands, as he holds the glimpse of hope they need rejuvenate the club.

Faith in Inzaghi means a very wise use of the cash that will come with the probable sale of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic next summer and knowing Igli Tare, this transfer could bag lots of new fresh talents, ones that would assure the Salzburg downfall is just a stepping stone towards success.

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Have your say...
Well, well, well.............

It goes to say that if SALZBURG can beat Lazio, by the same "law" Roma can beat Barcelona and Juventus can beat Real Madrid, UEFA & Kollina permitting................
on the 15th April, 2018 at 12:48am
> to limp out fighting. But I was shocked again...they were on verge of/ should’ve pulled off another impossible comeback. It’s old news now but,it was such an awful sudden,and maybe controversial ending to the run. + they had 2 subs left heading to extra time. Thought well maybe Lazio will restore some pride and get to semifinals.they had 5-2 (agg) lead !? and still came up short. It’s quite a what could of been year for Calcio,legendary players. Hope this sparks clubs to dominate like the past
on the 14th April, 2018 at 2:04am
Crazy week in Euro top flight for last Italian teams trying to save face and have a twinkle of hope and glory to grasp since this is a dark time for World Cup, no coach, no real promise of future Azzurri, no more Gigi,etc... lookedl like only Lazio had chance to move on for some desperately needed glory,while Roma and kings Juve were embarrassingly done in 1st leg by Spanish rulers. Then Roma did something amazing. Going with Lightning only strikes spot once theory expected Juve >
on the 14th April, 2018 at 1:49am
Lazioland per twitter is down temporarily - some sort of system issue.
on the 13th April, 2018 at 8:25pm
I appreciate Inzaghi's approach and entertaining football. What worries me is the extreme approaches to games. All of the Serie A teams that went to Europe seemed to exhibit a bipolar patient with extreme mood swings. Need to find a consistent style and approach but a winning one and play like that all the time. Enough with the craziness.
on the 13th April, 2018 at 5:28pm
I have got no other place to ask this, but does anyone know why Lazioland forum doesn't work? I get the following message:

Database Error
Please try again. If you come back to this error screen, report the error to an administrator.
on the 13th April, 2018 at 5:14pm
What kind of article is this? Praise Inzaghi most of the way...but what is his fatal flaw? Did i miss it?
on the 13th April, 2018 at 2:59pm
Learning curve for Simone Inzaghi is still a work in progress and full of dangers!

Never mind BALLS & flights of fancy!!!
on the 13th April, 2018 at 12:24pm
Great story!

It's a big mistake from Lazio, but I think that they have Rome derby in mind..
on the 13th April, 2018 at 7:01am

It looks like Lazio HAVE NOT learned the "secrets" of playing well in Europe.

Never mind having "BALLS", more like lambs to the slaughter.


And they were playing?
Oh yeah...........
SALZBURG...... that's it!
on the 13th April, 2018 at 1:42am

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