Simone Inzaghi outlines the sheer extent of the problems he had putting together a Lazio XI in the 3-0 defeat to Milan. ‘We weren’t fortunate either.’
The Aquile were always going to struggle without Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile and his natural replacement Felipe Caicedo, both suspended, and they failed to trouble Gianluigi Donnarumma in a 3-0 home defeat.
It leaves them seven points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus and the Scudetto dreams are drifting out of reach.
“This defeat weighs on us in the table, but we knew that there were some objective difficulties today. We weren’t very fortunate either, as we conceded a goal with a deflection, another on a penalty that Thomas Strakosha almost saved,” the coach told DAZN.
“Then we had two chances to get it back on track, only to concede the third goal. Unfortunately, I can’t rotate the squad right now, so playing four games in under two weeks becomes difficult.
“We’ve got to look forward and prepare for the next match. We know the journey we have taken and have no intention of letting go. We’ll probably lose Correa to injury for the next one, we must try to rotate a little, because these lads are now very tired.”
The injuries are piling up as well as the bans, but it was always known that Lazio’s squad was not deep enough to deal with this kind of fixture list.
“Correa has been struggling with a calf problem for a few weeks. If Caicedo and Immobile weren’t suspended, he wouldn’t have played today. Lucas Leiva had his first appearance today after just 25 minutes of training. We only made the decision after a fitness test this morning.
“Bobby Adekanye hadn’t played for 25 days either, Milinkovic and Correa told me they weren’t feeling right. It was difficult against Milan in these circumstances. Even then I have to think we could’ve got back into it at 2-1.
“Initially, Luis Alberto was meant to be in support of Correa, but we were lacking a physical presence and hadn’t really used this tactic without Immobile. If we’d had Adekanye in training during the week, I probably would’ve started him, as he is at least a centre-forward.”
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