Sarri: "Right Now We Don't Think About Fourth, That's Too Far From The Goal. Let's Set A Goal On A Game-by-game Basis So We Have A Real Goal That The Players Can Trust."

Maurizio Sarri commented on Lazio's performance after a narrow 1-0 win over the guests Venezia on Monday night (14/03) local time. The manager has achieved an important victory at his table position and was not too insistent on forcing his team to finish in the top four this season.

Lazio got three points against Venezia thanks to Ciro Immobile's penalty. The win moved them to fifth in the Serie A standings, above Atalanta and Roma, who only drew at the weekend. The situation makes the chase for the European zone even tenser, with the weekend derby another big game for the Biancoceleste.

Sarri told Sky Sport Italia: "It's always a tough game when you play against teams who are fighting to avoid relegation in the final third of the season, our rooms were closed and we suppressed them well too. We played patiently."

"The ball probably didn't move fast in the first half, we didn't play well after 1-0 because there was some change in the last ten minutes after the goal and could have ended the game.

"Considering the difficulty of the game, the team performed well as a whole."

The 63-year-old coach has finally let go of any thought of a Biancoceleste battle for fourth place with Juventus.

"Right now we don't think about fourth, that's too far from the goal. Let's set a goal on a game-by-game basis so we have a real goal that the players can trust. Let's leave that out of the way just in case here. And if anyone collapses in this race then we'll see."

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