Just 5 goals since the start of the season: Maurizio Sarri’s team must find their way. Ciro scored in the first against Lecce, then the void. The comrades in the department are still empty
September 22 – Rome
Maurizio Sarri discovered with satisfaction that he has a goalkeeper who can score, but now he wants to find the goals of the attackers above all. Provedel as a goalscorer saved Lazio from the knockout against Ateltico Madrid in the Champions League, but now the Biancocelesti’s accounts need to be rebalanced in the championship. The three points in the standings require a decisive change starting from tomorrow evening’s match at the Olimpico against Monza. And the Commander is focusing especially on the recovery of his trident.
Among the four goals scored by Lazio in the first 360 minutes of the championship, just one was scored by a striker, Ciro Immobile, in the illusory lead on the first day in Lecce. In the success in Naples Kamada and Luis Alberto scored, which was repeated in vain in the flop against Juventus. The goals from the front line are missing for Lazio, stunned by three defeats in four days. The scoring score of the Biancocelesti strikers has never been so low in Sarri’s management. Two years ago, among the eleven goals scored in the first four rounds of the championship, six were scored by the strikers: in particular, five by Immobile and one by Felipe Anderson. Twelve months ago, among the six total goals four came from the trident: two from Immobile and one each from Felipe Anderson and Pedro. Numbers that reveal an offensive potential that has so far failed to provide the expected contribution. This season Lazio is developing differently from previous ones. A slow start not only in terms of results. And the scoring contribution of the forwards is evidently being affected by the collective situation, beyond the delay in the condition of the individual attackers.
In the foreground, Ciro Immobile’s fast with the parenthesis of his return to scoring in blue. Since Lecce’s goal in the 26th minute of the first half there have now been 402 minutes (Champions included) for the captain without a goal in the Biancoceleste. He has a great desire to relaunch himself as a leader after the physical problems of last season. But in recent races he has lacked that spark with which he was able to make the difference in the past. Sarri’s trust escorts him. The coach’s Castellanos option is currently only being considered to substitute Immobile during the match. The other attackers in the running to play as starters are also confident of finding their way out against Monza (Isaksen remains on the waiting list). All with a prolonged fast. Pedro’s last goal dates back to April 2nd: at Monza, away. In all 14 starts, or rather 489 minutes on the field without hitting. The Spaniard (again in Tenerife’s sights towards the next transfer sessions) is in the running to play from the start tomorrow. He could buy Felipe Anderson. Who in turn hasn’t scored since May 3rd against Sassuolo: therefore 10 appearances, with 724 minutes without a goal. Mattia Zaccagni hasn’t scored since April 8th against Juventus: 14 games and 1,155 minutes without scoring.
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But the goal was mostly missed by Immobile. That single center in the first four rounds of Serie A weighs on him. However, in the Biancoceleste it had already happened to him in 2018 and 2020. On both occasions, however, he scored on the fifth matchday (against Genoa with two goals and with one against Bologna ). Now Immobile absolutely wants a hat trick against Monza, against whom he has never scored in his career.
September 22 – 12.56pm
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