Lazio Milan on the field at 20:45 (LIVE) for the last match of the 19th day of Serie A.
THE EVE OF THE MATCH AT THE OLIMPICO IN ROME
Sarri, ‘Milan? After ko in the derby he will have more anger’ – “The match against Milan? Let’s face the Italian champions, they have high-level individuals and are returning from the defeat in the Supercoppa derby: they will therefore have even more anger, we will have to play with the awareness that the calendar presents us with a great opportunity” . Word of Maurizio Sarri, Lazio coach, in the press conference on the eve of the big match against the Rossoneri at the Olimpico. Given the absence of Ciro Immobile, who got injured against Sassuolo, the weight of the attack will be borne by Felipe Anderson: “He has to grow in the attack in the penalty area but he’s close to being complete, he’s also finding continuity of performance Felipe is a strong player who can do well in any role.” Sarri then concedes a joke on Milinkovic (“He’s back from two less spectacular but more functional matches for the team”), and one on Luis Alberto (“He’s fine, unless he gets tired today in training we’ll continue on the same path” ), and doesn’t think about rivals in Serie A, “although yesterday I saw two great teams face off”. The Biancoceleste coach doesn’t take the question about the Juventus penalty: “The subject I was worst at at school was law, so I don’t know what to say… It’s a completely evolving situation, we don’t have to think about it. I haven’t heard any comments from the my players on the fact that Juve are behind in the standings, it’s irrelevant for us.” Sarri hopes to recover Immobile “as soon as possible, he has good sensations and we hope they will be confirmed”. A joke also on the former Milan, now pivot of Lazio, Romagnoli, in his first opponent against the Rossoneri: “Alessio is a player of the highest level, he is suited to our way of moving in the non-possession phase, he guides the line carefully and application”.
Pioli ‘difficult days, now react with humility and unity’ – The criticisms are accompanied by expectations, which Stefano Pioli defines as “very high”. The Milan coach, presenting the match against Lazio at the Olimpico stadium, spoke of his team’s delicate moment: “We have to face these moments, tomorrow will be another exam to overcome with humility and unity. We have created very strong roots in these years of work , now we need compactness and the desire to react. When you coach such a strong team, it’s normal that you always strive for maximum results. It’s been ten difficult days, now we have two paths ahead of us. Either we feel sorry for ourselves or we try to react : the boys are doing everything to get back to being the team they were.” Pioli doesn’t think about remodeling the midfield structure, perhaps inserting more physicality among the starting eleven: “We remain within our game system. It is clear that in these situations the improvement goes in different directions: tactics, technique and mentality. It will be very the mental approach to the match is important, but I’m sure Lazio will also face the match well. For this reason, it will be even more important to stay in the match with the right attitude, throughout its duration”.
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