Lazio Keeping Up with European Powerhouses Defensively

Lazio will attempt to lean on their impressive defensive numbers in the upcoming daunting match-up with Napoli. The Biancocelesti registered their 13th clean sheet in Serie A play against Sampdoria and their 17th across all competitions. They only trail Juventus, which have secured 15, domestically. Napoli are right behind, as they recorded 12, Radiosei informs.

The capital side has been among the stingiest clubs in Europe thus far. Considering the continental cups, they haven’t conceded in half of their matches, 17 out of 34. Only Manchester United and Barcelona have done better, shutting out their opponents 19 total times.

Since Juventus allowed two goals in the Derby della Mole, Lazio are now tied for second place for the least goals conceded (19). Napoli lead such standing as well, as they have been beaten only 15 times. The Biancocelesti won’t have starter Nicolò Casale due to yellow-card accumulation Friday. However, Alessio Romagnoli will return to the XI after missing two matches with a thigh strain. He was on the bench versus the Blucerchiati, but the coaching staff erred on the side of caution. Either Patric or Mario Gila will join him in the middle of the defense.

Luis Alberto continued his hot run in 2023 with a game-winning pearler against Sampdoria. According to Corriere dello Sport, he has been the most prolific midfielder in Serie A since 2016, having tallied 41 goals and 51 assists. He’s also the only contributor in such role to have hit the net at least five times in each of the last four seasons.

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