Simone Inzaghi will have to cope without Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile against Milan tomorrow, but is ‘convinced’ Lazio will perform and are getting accustomed to the new situation.
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Immobile scored his 29th of the campaign as Lazio beat Torino 2-1 at the Grande Torino but Inzaghi must plan without the goalscorer against Pioli’s men.
Both Immobile and Caicedo picked up a yellow card against the Granata and the Biancocelesti coach must be inventive in his approach on Saturday.
“I haven’t picked my forwards, no. We must train tomorrow morning, to see how [Lucas] Leiva and [Danilo] Cataldi are doing and understand if they can help us,” Inzaghi said at a press conference.
“We are getting used to living with problems during this period. I’m convinced the team can play an excellent game regardless of formation and players.”
But the coach doesn’t think he can recover both Lucas Leiva and Danilo Cataldi against the Rossoneri.
“We took a few more days. Today, they have been working with the team. Leiva underwent surgery during the stop.
“The he had some knee problems but is feeling better. Today he played 30 minutes with the group after 25 days.
“Cataldi suffered a serious injury in Bergamo. I will decide what to do with them. [Adam] Marusic will not be there, not even against Lecce, we will see if he can recover for Sassuolo. The same goes for Luiz Felipe.
“[Bobby] Adekanye and Raul Moro are improving but will not be available for tomorrow. [Manuel] Lazzari didn’t train. He was a bit tired. I think it might be from the match.”
But Inzaghi has claimed the Aquile are showing signs of adapting to the current situation.
“The boys showed it in Turin, when we played the third game in six days, something that wouldn’t happen to the others in Serie A.
“In two and a half days we went to Turin in an emergency but played an excellent game. I’m happy, the boys showed character, humility and the spirit of sacrifice.”
Lazio are four points behind Juventus but sit 20 points above Roma at fifth and Inzaghi stressed how ‘proud’ he is of the team’s season.
“These guys are having a great season, I’m proud to be their coach. There are seven points left of our first championship, then we must take one game at a time.
Lazio face Juventus in their fifth game from now but Inzaghi doesn’t want to think about the direct clash with the Bianconeri already.
“There are too many variables in this period, between the difficult times and many close matches. All games are potential pitfalls in Italy.”
At the end of the season, the coach will have set a new record of games in the dugout at the Biancocelesti, but he was mostly interested in talking about tomorrow’s well-known opponents.
“It’s nice. It’s something important, I have been here for many years. I’m very attached to the players. Without them, we wouldn’t have won the Cups and this run in the League.
“The points are a great achievement, now we look at Milan, an organised team with excellent players.
“I know Pioli well, I was lucky to have him here when I was a reserves coach. He is very prepared, and he is an excellent person.
“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is a top player, he will surely get special treatment. We will see if he starts or comes off the bench."