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.
When Ivan Provdel headed home an injury-time equalizer to salvage a point for Lazio in a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, it looked like Biancocelesti could finally catch a break this season. However, their dismal start to the new Serie A campaign is going from bad to worse.
It was one of those nights where Sarri would ‘kill’ to have Sergej Milinkovic-Savic behind Ciro Immobile. But the Serbian playmaker is no longer part of the Lazio dressing room. Unfortunately, his successors, Matteo Guendouzi and Daichi Kamada, are still adapting to the new surroundings.
They don’t want to take too long to adjust, though. After a fourth winless Serie A game in five, Lazio fans couldn’t hold back their frustration any longer. Booing their players at their own stadium was supporters’ last-ditch attempt to galvanize this downtrodden Biancocelesti side or at least blow off some steam.
For one reason or another, the Lazio players faced a slightly hostile environment created by their own crowd. According to Sarri, it was well-deserved. The experienced manager accepted a harsh reality after the game. His men were nowhere near last season’s high standard.
“Up until their equalizer, we were passive and handed the game to our opponents, so at that stage, we did deserve the jeers,” the Lazio manager said, as quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.
“Clearly, many things aren’t working well at the moment, but as we said before the match, it is difficult to think we can just emerge from this negative moment quickly.”
Sarri also urged Lazio to improve sooner rather than later.
“We ought to do more, but we’re struggling at the moment.”
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