Thursday March 25 2021
Immobile: 'Weight off my shoulders'

Ciro Immobile felt ‘a weight off my shoulders’ after his goal in Italy’s 2-0 win over Northern Ireland. ‘I was feeling frustrated.’

The Lazio striker can’t seem to stop scoring at club level, but has struggled to replicate that sort of form for the Azzurri.

“I felt a weight off my shoulders, because I hadn’t scored from open play for a year and a half in the Italy shirt,” Immobile told RAI Sport.

“I slipped on the first chance, the goalkeeper was there on the second, so I was feeling frustrated and let it all out after the third chance went in.

“Having competition for places only makes you more determined to find the net and help the team. Gallo Belotti scored last time, I got the goal this time, so there needs to be more faith in this Italy side.”

Lazio were shaken last night by news 19-year-old youth team player Daniel Guerini was killed in a car accident.

“My thoughts go to Daniel and his family. This victory is dedicated to them, as they are going through something that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

“We are stunned and truly sad for what happened to this young lad and send our condolences to his family.”