Thursday September 20 2018
Tare: 'Immobile and SMS deals done'

Lazio director Igli Tare discussed Joaquin Correa, Felipe Caicedo and confirmed new Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic contracts.

The Aquile host Apollon Limassol in the Europa League group phase opener this evening and start four of their six summer signings.

It kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“Considering the experience we had last season, above all towards the end of the season with injuries to four or five fundamental players, we paid a heavy price for that, so realised the importance of squad rotation,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia.

“I can’t stop transfer gossip, but Caicedo’s situation is not the one that was pictured in the papers. It’s a tough role for him to be on the bench for much of the time, and the fans don’t forgive him anything.

“Everyone here admires Caicedo, I had a long talk with him and you can see he’s hungry, even if so far it’s only been evident in training. I believe he’ll have a fine season.”

Joaquin Correa also arrived this summer, but is suspended for this Europa League opener.

“He takes players on easily, but needs to learn how to attack the space. The positive thing we’ve seen so far is that Correa is a different player to the one in the first couple of weeks. We’re integrating him into the squad and losing Felipe Anderson meant we had to replace him with someone who had similar characteristics, but Correa is a lot more physical than Felipe Anderson and stronger in the air.

“I’ve known of Correa since his early years, including the two years at Sampdoria, but he is far more mature now and also demands more of himself.”

Tare also kept hold of Lazio’s top stars, namely Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

“It’s a matter of days for Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic’s contracts. The agreements have been there for a while and I think it’ll be finalised at the start of next week.”

It has been a difficult start to the Serie A season for Lazio, who scraped 1-0 wins over Frosinone and Empoli after losing to Napoli and Juventus.

“I agree that we’re in a position that we are not accustomed to being in, as we were always surprise outfits, whereas this year we declared that we wanted to be protagonists.

“Even if the first two games were against Napoli and Juventus, we’ve only seen last year’s level of performance in the opening 20 minutes against Napoli.

“We talked it over carefully and analysed the situation, so I am confident we can have a great campaign.”

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