Simone Inzaghi remembers Lazio’s ‘unique and incredible’ Scudetto season as a player and confessed it would make him 'proud' if he could emulate the feat as coach of the Aquile.
In 1999-00, Lazio won their second Scudetto in their 100th season and the former striker Inzaghi was the leading goalscorer with his 19 goals across all competitions when the Biancocelesti picked up an historical double.
“It was a unique and incredible story. It seemed an impossible feat,” Inzaghi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It was even more beautiful to win like that, at the end of an endless day.
“We were in the dressing room, waiting for the result of Perugia and the people remained in the stands. At the beginning, we had hope, but without being illusional.
“In March, we were nine points behind Juve. It was almost crazy to believe in a comeback. But things changed. We then trailed them by six and then only three with the win at Delle Alpi in the direct meeting with the Bianconeri.
“We started to believe it, also because Juve was slowing down. We were three behind and with a draw in Florence, we slipped to minus five again before we made it a two-point gap with two rounds remaining.
“It extraordinarily important. Lazio had only one Scudetto, the one with [coach Tommaso] Maestrelli, and 24 years had passed. To win it back after that long was extraordinary. In fact, even today, the fans remember it with the same enthusiasm of that time.”
Lazio currently sit one point behind Juventus in Serie A and Inzaghi has pointed out he would love to relive the scenario as a coach.
He added: “It would be something wonderful, the highest point of a journey we started four years ago and has already given us a lot of satisfaction.”
“I would be proud to bring this team to the top, but just fighting for certain goals is an extraordinary thing.”
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