Sarri: "It's Not Easy To Find An Alternative To Someone Who Scores 35-40 Goals Per Game, You Can't Find Someone Who Can Guarantee Ciro's Number Of Goals"

Maurizio Sarri revealed Lazio played well when they were beaten 2-0 by Juventus in Serie A which took place on Saturday (20/11).  The 62-year-old coach also admits that Ciro Immobile is difficult to replace, no other player can replace the striker in his absence.

Lazio had more possession in the match at the Stadio Olimpico but could not harm Wojciech Szczesny's Juventus goal at all, instead of losing to a pair of penalties from Leonardo Bonucci.

"We controlled the game until the last 10 minutes, then opened up space in our attempt to get back to the same level," Sarri said via DAZN.

"We've played well, sometimes very well, but unfortunately we weren't sharp in attack.  Unfortunately, Danilo came out early and Juventus changed their system to 4-5-1 with everyone behind the ball so when they took the lead we faced a tough defensive wall.

"It's very disappointing that we weren't able to create any scoring chances, given the number of chances we were able to build."

Inevitably, the loss of Lazio's all-time leading goalscorer Immobile to a calf injury made the team less sharp in attack, despite using Pedro as a false nine and then Vedat Muriqi.

"It's not easy to find an alternative to someone who scores 35-40 goals per game, you can't find someone who can guarantee Ciro's number of goals," said the coach.

"We usually get past players one-on-one better on the flanks, but that's not something you can guarantee every game.  We played as a team, I didn't like our performance in the last 15 minutes because we still have time and shouldn't let down our attack."

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