Simone Inzaghi felt Lazio should’ve won by a more comfortable margin against Cagliari, but kept his strikers guessing ahead of the Coppa Italia Final with Atalanta.
The Aquile secured a 2-1 victory in Sardinia thanks to goals from Luis Alberto and Joaquin ‘Tucu’ Correa, despite a late Leonardo Pavoletti header.
“The lads played a great game that we should’ve killed off with a bigger advantage in the first half. We didn’t finish our chances, partly due to bad luck, because Milan Badelj hit the bar and Felipe Caicedo’s shot hit Marco Parolo,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“I believe everyone has some regrets. We are a point off Roma and Milan right now, so everyone dropped points. We certainly wasted opportunities and lacked a bit of luck to send some games our way, but for the third year running we are still challenging for something important.”
Lazio aren’t just in the running to qualify for the Europa League via Serie A, but also face Atalanta in the Coppa Italia Final on Wednesday.
“I can only thank the players, as they give me everything they’ve got. There are still three Finals to go, the first is the most important with Atalanta. We faced them last week and want to learn from the mistakes of that defeat.”
Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo worked well together again today, with Ciro Immobile rested, so Inzaghi was asked who will lead the attack in the Coppa.
“I generally believe those who come off the bench are more important to a game than the starting XI. We have three strikers who right now all deserve to start, but one has to be on the bench to begin with and give his contribution in a slightly different way.
“If you look at our best results, they’ve been when someone has come off the bench and made a big impact with the right attitude. I don’t know yet who will start against Atalanta, I expect it’ll be only two strikers, but whoever is left out shouldn’t feel aggrieved. They need to give us a big hand in the second half.”