Simone Inzaghi explained what didn’t work for Lazio in the first half and how they managed to turn Stade Rennais around. “We had to spread their midfielders.”
A dire first half ended goalless, albeit with two Rennes penalty appeals, before Jeremy Morel nodded in a free kick.
Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic changed the game, scoring one goal and providing the assist for Ciro Immobile to win 2-1.
“The first half should’ve been better in building out from the back, Rennes sat back to wait for us and we couldn’t find the strikers,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We should’ve had more patience and we did better in the second half, winning an important game for us.”
Is it a coincidence that Lazio played considerably better once Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto came off the bench?
“It was a good goal from Milinkovic-Savic, but regardless who plays, we need to work with our characteristics and we usually do it much better than this.
“Naturally, Milinkovic and Luis Alberto are great players, but we ought to maintain our style and shape even without them. I took Danilo Cataldi off because he was on a yellow card.
“We are pleased, as we lost the first game and now the group is wide open ahead of the very important double encounter with Celtic.”
Celtic beat Cluj 2-0, so the group is now wide open, with Celtic on four points, Cluj and Lazio three, then Rennes just one.
“We have to earn every point we get. Rennes blocked the spaces and we were never able to spread their midfielders to find a way through to the strikers, but we did it much better in the second half.
“We conceded a goal that a side like ours really should not be conceding, although it was perhaps the double substitution that made us lose the line. Nonetheless, it’s a goal we cannot allow.
“We’re well aware that we haven’t picked up the results we deserved in Serie A and the Europa League so far this season and that means we need to take our chances better.”
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