Sarri Calls World Cup in Qatar ‘an Insult to Football’

The break comes at an inopportune time for Lazio, which are hitting their strides. Coach Maurizio Sarri didn’t mince words about the unusual schedule and the Winter World Cup during the post-game presser (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“It’s an insult to football. If somebody explains to me what Qatar gives to the sports, besides the money to foot Manchester City and PSG, I can maybe change my mind. We’ll recover some injured players during the stoppage.”

The gaffer reiterated his complaints about the extra-busy calendar.

“This was a trap game since it was sandwiched between the clashes with Roma and Juventus. We could have lacked energy, and in fact we had issues in the first half an hour. It was the 6th match in the span of 18 days, which is crazy. Every team that played in Europe had trouble in this round but Inter. I don’t like this football, and I want to leave it very quickly.”

Sarri didn’t give much importance to Lazio reaching the second position with the win over Monza.

“The table means little now. It’s a marathon. I have to be the coach and can’t convey insane messages to the squad. We have to lay low.”

The coach updated on Ciro Immobile and Matteo Zaccagni.

“The idea was to use the former for 20/30 minutes, but we had just one sub and couldn’t do it too early. The latter will be evaluated tomorrow. Manuel Lazzari picked up a calf problem, and we’ll have to wait for 48 hours for the diagnosis.”

Sarri was quizzed about the Biancocelesti’s defensive stability.

“The last time we underlined it we allowed three goals versus Salernitana.”

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