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Lazio returned to winning ways in the Italian Serie A after a brilliant 6-2 win over Pescara.

The victory is undoubtedly made possible as a result of managing a 1-2 win over Inter Milan a few days ago. Simone Inzaghi watched his team secure this crucial victory in the Coppa Italia to erase the memories of back-to-back losses in the league. Prior to this game, Lazio were defeated 2-0 by Juventus and 1-0 by Chievo. These were massive setbacks for the team in the hopes of finishing in the top three. Qualifying for the Champions League is now extremely important for the club, as they do not want to see the likes of Inter Milan and AC Milan recovering their former glory days.

Simone Inzaghi at the club’s Christmas dinner this week claimed Lazio was doing well though he admitted that there was difficulty en route. Inzaghi said he knows the challenges, having been around for 17 years considering his time as a player before he became the coach.

“We’re getting good results and I share that success with everyone from the club, doctors, kit saff and of course the players. This summer when I accepted the challenge, I knew it would be difficult.

“We’re happy right now because we’re doing well, but the difficult part is coming up. I have faith, because I can sense the confidence and enthusiasm from the first to the last. I have been here for 17 years, so I know the challenges.

Lazio managed to continue their stellar progress under Simeone Inzaghi after going eight matches without a defeat. Even then, manager Inzaghi claimed that there was room for improvement from the squad.

Since suffering the 2-0 loss against AC Milan in the middle of September, Lazio have been undefeated in all competitions. It has been an impressive turnaround of fortune since the appointment of Inzaghi. The run has helped Lazio stay in touch with the top three. The opportunity to finish in the Champions League spots will be very crucial for the club in order to make progress going forward.

In the Italian Serie A, Lazio held Torino to a 2-2 draw, with former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart beaten twice.

The Three Lions player who is on a season-long loan deal could do nothig to stop the goals, but his teammates forced a late goal to share points with the visitors. This term, Hart has been able to keep a clean sheets in just two games out of seven matches.

Goals by Balde Keita in the 29th minute of the game and Senac Lulic around the 90th minute ensured that Lazio emerged victors against a rather formidable Empoli side on Sunday 25th.

Lazio have been riddled with injury issues amongst some of its star players such as Lucas Biglia, DusanBasta, Federico Marchetti and Bastos. They took the lead through Balde Keita at the 29th minute of the game with a right footed shot from the centre of the box that found its way into the bottom right corner of Empoli's net.

The fine imposed on the Italian football federation by the governing body, FIFA, came after a match on September 5, between the Italian and Israeli team. An official complaint was sent to the FIFA by the Israeli Football Association after fans of the Italian national team spat and made offensive gestures at their rival Israeli supporters.

An £24,000 fine was placed on the football association after FIFA made its investigations into the matter and found the actions of the fans quite offensive.

Two men were however taken out of the Italian section of the stadium by police officers attending the World Cup qualifiers played out at the Sammy Ofer stadium in Haifa and sent out of the premises during the match where Italy beat Israel 3-1. They however were not arrested.

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi has stated that the team is still active in the transfer market and is looking for players to strengthen the team.

He said that it is not easy to find good players at good prices at the moment and that they are still working hard on that front.

According to reports by Football Italia, Cesare Prandelli is set to take over the manager’s position at Lazio.

Prandelli was reported to have met with Claudio Lotito to listen to the Biancocelesti job offer. The former Galatasaray coach has agreed a two-year contract and the club are expected to announce his appointment today.

Lazio is desperate to change their team in order to compete better in the Serie A next season. New players and possibly a new manager could be brought in to help the team compete again for the title.

Media has revealed that Lazio might be interested in signing the Spanish striker Fernando Torres from fellow Italian club AC Milan. Torres is currently on loan to his hometown club Athletico Madrid where he has managed five goals.

The Italian side Lazio recently played an Europa League match against Sparta Praha and this game finished with a 1-1 draw as both sides managed to score 1 goal and the decisive game will be played on March 17 at the home stadium of Lazio in Rome.

Stefano Pioli


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