Lazio were dealt a massive title challenge blow on Saturday after the Romans lost 3-0 to AC Milan, while Juventus beat Torino 4-0. Simone Inzaghi’s side is now seven points behind the league leaders and there are eight games to play in the Serie A season. Despite the loss, Inzaghi will not give up on the Scudetto.
Without their leading goal scorer Ciro Immobile, Lazio suffered a heavy loss on their home turf by AC Milan. Hakan Calhanoglu, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic scored the goals for AC Milan, climbing to sixth place. Lazio are eyeing their first title since 2000, but Inzaghi acknowledges a title bid will be difficult.
“This defeat weighs on us in the table, but we knew that there were some objective difficulties today,” Lazio head coach Inzaghi told DAZN. “We weren’t very fortunate either, as we conceded a goal with a deflection, another on a penalty that Thomas Strakosha almost saved.”
“Then we had two chances to get it back on track, only to concede the third goal. Unfortunately, I can’t rotate the squad right now, so playing four games in under two weeks becomes difficult. We’ve got to look forward and prepare for the next match.”
“We know the journey we have taken and have no intention of letting go. We’ll probably lose [Joaquin] Correa to injury for the next one, we must try to rotate a little, because these lads are now very tired. Correa has been struggling with a calf problem for a few weeks.”
“If Caicedo and Immobile weren’t suspended, he wouldn’t have played today. Lucas Leiva had his first appearance today after just 25 minutes of training. We only made the decision after a fitness test this morning. Bobby Adekanye hadn’t played for 25 days either, [Sergej] Milinkovic-Savic and Correa told me they weren’t feeling right.”
“It was difficult against Milan in these circumstances. Even then I have to think we could’ve got back into it at 2-1. Initially, Luis Alberto was meant to be in support of Correa, but we were lacking a physical presence and hadn’t really used this tactic without Immobile. If we’d had Adekanye in training during the week, I probably would’ve started him, as he is at least a centre-forward.”