Lazio responded to a report from Il Messaggero saying the Aquile players felt inferior to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. ‘They play a different sport’.
Lazio made far too many avoidable errors and were punished by a determined Bayern Munich, who returned to Germany with a 4-1 win from the first leg of their last 16 tie in Rome.
Il Messaggero claimed the Biancocelesti players acknowledged the gap up to Die Roten and reported voices from the dressing room saying ‘they are eating us up on the pitch’ at half-time.
The Bavarians continued the dominating performance after the break and the newspaper claims the first impressions were confirmed after the match: “They play a different sport.”
But the Aquile responded with a statement on their official website, claiming the report was out to disrupt the team, the club and the supporters.
“Lazio played the reigning World Champions, and it didn’t go as we hoped,” the statement said. “And everyone saw what happened on the pitch.
“The phrases reported today in a newspaper do not, however, represent the thought and state of mind of the team but, vice versa, a form of exploitation implemented by the usual suspects trying to break up a group, a club and supporters that have always been compact and united to achieve set targets.”