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Wednesday July 31 2019
Lazio building towards success

The Biancocelesti consistently seem to be on the verge of greatness, but Sam Wilson feels it's an exciting time to be a Lazio fan.

Arguably, very few sides have been closer to deserving a place in the Champions League over the past few seasons than Lazio. In the 2017-18 season, the club missed out on fourth spot after a devastating loss to Inter on the final day of the season, whilst the last campaign ended in a bittersweet manner, finishing eighth in Serie A whilst lifting the Coppa Italia trophy.

This summer, however, the club have made several huge leaps in the right direction, as Simone Inzaghi, Igli Tare and Claudio Lotito, as well as the rest of the upper management at the club, prepare to tackle the new season head-on.

Firstly, the club have made some important signings. The right-sided centre-back Denis Vavro appears to be a solid acquisition, although without any Serie A experience, or experience in a top division at that, fans will be waiting with baited breath to see if he can settle in quickly. Vavro was an important addition because he adds some solidity and depth to the back-line, after injuries and suspensions have left the Biancocelesti in a spot of bother on more than one occasion in the past few seasons.

Another key signing this summer is Spanish left-winger Jony. There was a lot of controversy around the deal and, at one point, it looked to have several spanners in the works. However, Lazio managed to complete the signing of the former Malaga winger, who was instrumental for Deportivo Alaves on loan last season. What Jony offers Lazio on the left-hand side is a crossing ability that was not necessarily possessed by the likes of Senad Lulic who, although a talented player, often struggled to deliver a great final ball.

Similarly, but arguably more importantly, Lazio managed to beat away competition from Atalanta and Roma to complete the signing of SPAL’s right wing-back Manuel Lazzari. He registered eight assists in 33 games for the Ferrara side last season. Lazzari is a proven creator and one who surpasses the likes of Adam Marusic in terms of ability. Additionally, Lazzari helps add to the Italian core of the club that has been added to in recent years, with Marco Parolo, Francesco Acerbi and Ciro Immobile, amongst others, all serving as instrumental to the club’s progress.

Lazio completed some bit-part signings, such as Bobby Adekanye arriving from Liverpool and Gustavo Cipriano joining the club’s primavera side from Brazilian side Santos FC. However, the club are still in the market for one or two more purchases to help bolster the squad.

Interestingly, Lazio also strengthened their side by keeping a hold of some players that they were, according to reports, expected to lose this summer. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic aside, whose future looks to be still hanging in the balance with heavy-handed interest from Manchester United, the Biancocelesti kept Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto and Thomas Strakosha, despite interest from other sides that could have jeopardised their positions at the club.

All in all, it is an exciting time to be a Laziale. 

Have your say...
Spending a little to gain much is definitely Lazio's principle these days where Claudio Lotito keeps everything in line since spending much doesn't automatically give out best outcome as well. Take Inter or Milan, who spent big last season and didn't even have a glance of silverware. Lazio, on the other hand, consistently being the challenger of Scudetto and side to be feared in Coppa Italy. Without discrediting other sides, top four would possibly be reachable this season.
on the 28th August, 2019 at 12:01am
We are so close to getting top 4 year on year, even last season, yes we finished 8th but once we lost to Milan we focused on the Coppa which we brought home. We have done some smart business this summer keeping the names mentioned and adding some solid players although not house hold names.All in all I think we might be stronger than Roma this year who seem to have a lot of in house problems, Top 6 for me again though possibly the Supercup if Juve have a bad day.
on the 19th August, 2019 at 1:25pm
The top 4 will be very tough for them, even the top 6. Right now, Juve, Napoli, Inter, Atalanta, Roma, Milan, have superior squads. I would put them joint top of the chasing pack along with Torino, just ahead of Samp. I also have a feeling that Genoa, Fiorentina and Bologna will be much better this season. And then we have have the progessive Sassuolo, Cagliari, Parma, Spal who could cause a surprise. It promise to be, from top to bottom, the most competitive campaign for quite some time.
on the 1st August, 2019 at 11:17pm
Net spend of $20m-$25m so far this season. Keep SMS and top-4 is certainly a possibility. Sarri, Carlo and Conte should be able to manage top 3. It's between Giampaolo, Fonseca and Simo IMO. Think Gasp will be spread a little too thin this year w/ CL.
on the 1st August, 2019 at 4:27pm
I support LAZIO so much Let's hope they can qualify for the Champions League this year cos it's been a PAINFUL in the past to miss out by couple of points. For this season i say they must focus on top 4 place and hopefully at least one trophy this year. Cos i want to see them play in the Champions League rather than Europa League. Hope Inzaghi has learned that we must beat Smaller teams and against TOP teams they must go for a WIN or a DRAW. Let's hope the Defence can improve and concentrate.
on the 1st August, 2019 at 1:34am
I stopped reading when I read Senad Lulic and talented player in the same sentence...
on the 31st July, 2019 at 1:43pm
They're usually on the verge of being a good side, but with spending often at a minimum and a squad that's more about quantity than quality, they inevitably get found out over the course of a season.

They've done quite well over the years, but nothing amazing.
on the 31st July, 2019 at 12:04pm

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