Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri concedes his side deserved the jeers from the disappointed Stadio Olimpico fans during an uneventful 1-1 draw against Monza. After the game, the Biancocelesti boss delivered a damning verdict of his side's sluggish display.
Lazio let an early lead slip through their fingers as Monza held them to a keenly-contested 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening. Maurizio Sarri's charges were desperate to grab three points amid an underwhelming Serie A start, but the visitors stood firm to record a second consecutive stalemate.
Lazio have had issues on both ends to open the season. After keeping 22 clean sheets in 2022/2023, they are still at zero after five games. Moreover, their attack hasn’t been able to compensate for that, having scored just five goals, Just one of those has been netted by an attacker, Ciro Immobile.
Only three teams have made unbeaten starts to the 2023/24 Serie A - Juventus, Inter and Lecce - as the table gradually starts taking shape. The Nerazzurri, of all, remain as favorites to dethrone Napoli and lift the Scudetto for the first time in three seasons.
Ivan Provedel has earned plaudits from far and wide following his historic 94th minute equalizer against Atletico Madrid, with a decent premium in store for the Lazio shotstopper. Maurizio Sarri’s men were rescued at the death by the Italian, as he rose beyond the Rojiblancos' defense to make it 1-1.
Cherished once as a Lazio player, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone made an emotional return to the Stadio Olimpico, where he spent four years – winning one Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and UEFA Super Cup each – at the turn of the century.
Provedel, who played as a striker until he was 15, becomes only the fourth different goalkeeper to score a UCL goal, after Jorg Butt, Sinan Bolat and Vincent Enyeama, and only the second to do it from open play. The goal is the second in his professional career.
Daichi Kamada’s deflection on Pablo …
At the Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Lazio announced their return to the Champions League for the first time in three years by hosting Atletico Madrid. The visitors thought they won the match thanks to Pablo Barrios' first-half opener. But in a surreal twist of fate, goalkeeper Ivan Provedel produced a last-second equalizer that secured a valuable point for the Aquile.
Maurizio Sarri is wary of the threat Atletico Madrid are capable of producing, as the two sides prepare to meet in their maiden UCL head-to-head clash. "We have to get a result against Atletico. I don't know if this is the best time to face them."
Inter thought about Ciro Immobile in the early stages of the transfer market after the collapse of the negotiation to bring back Romelu Lukaku. Simone Inzaghi wanted a proven goal poacher and suggested his old acquaintance, but Claudio Lotito asked for a high sum.
Alvaro Morata was linked to most Serie A’s top teams in the summer but didn’t leave Atletico Madrid. He discussed what happened and more before facing Lazio in the Champions League: “There were a few options, but the coach convinced me to stay."