Sarri: "The Europa League Killed Us, But It Was Our Fault. The Team Couldn't Cope With So Many Games, That's Our Limit Now."

December 17, 2021

Lazio coach, Maurizio Sarri blamed the Europa League competition for his side's poor results in Serie A and revealed his club's targets for the future.  The Biancoceleste will face Genoa in the Serie A continuation which will take place on Friday (17/12) evening local time.

Lazio has so far collected 26 points from 17 Serie A games played in the 2021/22 season and has already qualified for the Europa League knockout play-offs ahead of the clash with Genoa.

"The Europa League killed us, but it was our fault," Sarri said at his press conference as quoted by Football-Italia.

"Our form dropped after games in Europe, the team couldn't cope with so many games, that's our limit now, top teams can sometimes draw goalless or win 1-0 but we were exhausted when we arrived in those games."

Claudio Lotito announced the extension of the coach's contract two days ago, the 62-year-old coach also revealed his team's future targets.

"We want to build a young team that can grow over time, we don't know where we can get it, but that's what we believe is the easiest way," explained the coach.

"I think it's similar to what happened in Napoli, where the coach is at the center of the project, that's the reason I've always said I want to stay here."

"But Lazio only qualified for the Champions League when Inter and Milan were not competitive, now the situation is even more complicated."

The Biancoceleste will face Genoa and Venezia before the end of the year, Sarri expressed his hopes in those two games.

"We need determination, I've never seen a good performance from a team without determination, that's where we have to start."

"We lost the game because we didn't play, we have to fix our shortcomings and improve."

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