Friday January 15 2021
Inzaghi saw 'right look' in Lazio eyes

Simone Inzaghi was not surprised by Lazio’s domination of Roma, as he already saw ‘the look in their eyes’ before this 3-0 triumph.

The Biancocelesti victory was never in doubt, as Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto had made it 2-0 after 23 minutes, with the Spanish midfielder adding a third in the second half.

It is the first time this season that Lazio have managed three consecutive Serie A wins, while it also equals their biggest top flight derby triumph.

“We put in a great performance, made of determination, aggression, pace and stamina. The lads were splendid, but I already saw yesterday that the look in their eyes was the right one, unlike some previous occasions,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.

“The victory is hugely satisfying, we wanted it with all our strength and with the help of our wonderful fans, who came to the training ground today.

“It’s true Lazio dropped points this season, but that’s because we were playing every two-and-a-half days with numerous players out because of COVID, we had 11-12 players for the trip to Brugge.”

Lazio were visibly more aggressive and moving at a different pace to Roma from the very start.

“Felipe Caicedo and Immobile were the first to start the press, we all worked together, we did what we needed to do as a team. We cared about this derby a great deal and felt ready to make it count.

“We were missing Fares, Cataldi and Strakosha, while Correa and Lulic were on the bench just because they are wonderful and wanted to be there. Once we are not as reduced to the bare bones, we can have our say, and this puts us right back in there,” continued Inzaghi.

“We’d lost a little bit of ground, with a few draws that could’ve been wins, we might’ve already been up there. We know football has changed post-COVID, you have to wait to the last minute to see what players are available, but I hope that I can start to really rotate these lads who over five years have made me incredibly happy.”

Lazzari was comfortably Man of the Match, constantly harassing Roger Ibanez and neutralising Leonardo Spinazzola.

“He had real problems last week, needed treatment and painkillers over the last couple of days, but he is a great guy and deserves all the praise.”