Wednesday December 2 2020
Immobile: 'Lazio tried to win at all costs'

Ciro Immobile insists Lazio ‘deserved more than a point’ after their 1-1 draw away to Borussia Dortmund. ‘We tried to win at all costs.’

The striker converted a penalty against his old club after the Raphael Guerreiro opener.

“Our first half was not up to our usual standards, but not disastrous. We just gave away the goal on an error playing out from the back,” Immobile told Sky Sport Italia.

“We did well to react and I particularly liked the last 20 minutes, when we tried to give everything to win the game. We wanted to secure qualification tonight, but it’ll go down to the last match.

“I am happy to have scored, but I think the team deserved more than one point, so a defeat would’ve been truly painful.

“We have the right mentality, of a side that wants to win at all costs.”

Lazio can still win the group in their final game against Club Brugge, but it is a head-to-head for qualification, whereas Borussia Dortmund are already through to the last 16.

A draw would be enough for the Biancocelesti to secure qualification.

“When I saw the draw, it was more emotional than anything else, as Lazio getting back into the Champions League was a dream we’d been chasing for some time. Now we’re here, we embrace it with passion, which can lead to naïve errors.

“Many of our players were making their debuts in the Champions League, but that commitment and determination allowed us to keep going and paper over the cracks, even when we were missing half the squad due to COVID.

“The group wasn’t that easy, as there are clubs with far more experience than us. We went into every game with excitement, but not fear.”