Maurizio Sarri claims the European games are currently a problem

Wed 24 November 2021 | 13:46

Lazio will have to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League tomorrow, but Maurizio Sarri sees these games as a problem right now.

After the change of coach, they are a slightly different team,

” Sarri said at a press conference.

“I expect a difficult game, the conditions are there for it to be like this


“To move forward in Europe, we need to get through this game, they have at least a hop of a play-off, so with these conditions the match should not be simple.

“It will be an open game, we’ll see, but it will be much more difficult than in the first leg.”

Sarri last faced their former club


in the league and now they have to face another former team,


, but the boss is only focused on his match on Thursday and does not want to be distracted by the next match in Italy.

“We have to disregard the rest and take one game at a time,” he said. “If you think that after 72 hours you have to play away in Naples again, you can be led to make different choices.

“We think about tomorrow’s match and then we will think about the match after, we don’t like to be too conditioned.”

Sarri also explained the situation of his strikers.

What matters is the moment a player goes throug

h,” he said. “

It’s clear that those who go to the national team are having a much higher amount of playing tim


“In the statistics, the minutes in the league are shown as if you are in the cup or in the national team without getting tired.

“The minutes to take into account are the global ones, for now, the lads are holding up well and until they show signs of slowing down, that’s OK.

“It’s clear that during the season, the costs will arise for everyone.


is doing well, he participated in the first and second training, where he didn’t feel pain, but he had different sensations between one calf and the other.

“In the last two workouts he didn’t even have that feeling anymore. He’s pretty good, but he’s a player who trained little, almost nothing, over the last two weeks.”

Sarri considers the Europa League an important target?

I said that for us it’s not a small problem

,” he added. “

Considering playing away on Thursday night


“But I also said that we will go there and play for it, as it should be. We cannot think of going around Europe without looking to advance.

“We want to get there, then if you ask me if Europe like this is a problem, I’ll say yes. Until a few years ago, when we played on Thursday nights in Europe, then we played on Monday nights in the league.

“Now, this almost never happens. But it’s a calendar problem, which leads to a deterioration in the quality of the matches, including injuries and loss of form.

“I’m amazed that the association of footballers is silent. They fought to have an extra week of holiday at Christmas, it would seem more right to fight for this type of problem.”



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