Sarri: "Lazio Has Always Been A Team That Has Had Its Ups And Downs Over The Years So There's Definitely Something To Improve On"

October 04, 2021

Maurizio Sarri explained that Lazio was exhausted both physically and mentally when they were beaten by hosts Bologna 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday.

Lazio had wins over Roma in the Derby Della Capitale and Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League but was easily beaten by Bologna 3-0 at the Stadio Dall'Ara. Musa Barrow opened the scoring for the hosts and provided assists for goals from Arthur Theate and Aaron Hickey.

It is undeniable that the Biancoceleste became a bit weak without the presence of star striker, Ciro Immobile but recorded one shot on goal. Since the 2019/20 season, they have played five Serie A matches without Immobile and have only managed to collect one point.

"We came into this game empty in every way," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia, having previously protested that his team was too soon to return to play after Thursday's Europa League clash.

"Bologna played lively, determined, passionate, while we were empty both physically and mentally, this is a game that we have to think about to understand what happened, but also to try to forget it immediately."

The 62-year-old coach emphasized that the lack of rotation in his squad was not the main cause of the decline experienced by the Biancoceleste.

“When you are tired, everyone is tired, from the staff to the physiotherapists and it even affects players who are rarely played. It's all a matter of mentality regarding the ability to stay focused consistently."

"Lazio has always been a team that has had its ups and downs over the years so there's something to improve on."

"We were the only team that had to play again after 61 hours, I told the players we would file a complaint with Lega Serie A regarding the scheduling of the match, but this cannot be used as an alibi."

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