Lazio forward Ciro Immobile claims the critics doesn’t affect him, vows to ‘stay positive’ and aims to bounce back against former club Borussia Dortmund.
The Biancocelesti prepare to face Dortmund at the Olimpico tomorrow and Immobile will be up against the club where he spent one season before being loaned out and eventually sold to Sevilla.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone, but I’m very happy to see my former teammates and staff,” Immobile said at a press conference. “I’m still attached to them.
“It will be a tough match, but it’s nice to play the first game in the Champions League.”
Immobile has been criticised after struggling in front of goal for Italy during the recent international break.
“I take this opportunity to thank [Alessandro] Florenzi, who has said some nice things about me,” he said.
“Other teammates, the coach and various staff members also wrote me because they were worried about the situation.
“I’m mature, criticism bounces off me, it arrived because I missed a chance to score. I’m happy in the national team, I always leave the pitch with a shirt full of sweat.
“Then, I also know that I have to score more goals.”
Immobile said Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland picked the perfect team to develop and said Lazio must be aware of the Norwegian striker.
“Borussia are the ideal team for him to explode. He has the right continuity; we have to keep our eyes open.”
Lazio had to cope without Immobile against Sampdoria and the forward said he saw a team who are eager to bounce back in the Champions League.
“I saw a team that were sad about the result,” he added. “But I think everyone is ready, confident and excited for tomorrow’s first game in the Champions League.
“We have been fighting to get there for four years, I think no one will think about the match against Sampdoria anymore.
“We look forward with confidence, even last year we had a rough start.”
The Aquile struggled after the lockdown last season and Immobile accepts the players must take ‘responsibility and deal with the criticism’.
“It’s right for the team to take responsibility and criticism, but we must always stay positive,” Immobile said.
“The work we are doing has been going on for a long time. Against Atalanta, even if we lost, we played with desire, unlike on Saturday.
“The championship has just begun; we must keep our heads up.”