Napoli kept their Champions League hopes alive with a confident 3-0 defeat of Lazio over the weekend. Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne combined to redeem the plunging confidence of the team following their Italian Cup exit to Juventus.

Had Napoli failed to get the desired result, it would have put their Champions League dream in doubts. Ahead of the trip to the StadioOlimpico, Napoli were yet to lose to Lazio since April 2012.

When it comes to being known or popular in the world of football or in any sport in general, the players that make the most noise are the ones that can break records or mark their name in the history-books of a competition and someone that has achieved this status is the former attacker Filippo Inzaghi.

Filippo Inzaghi is now the head coach of the youth division of Ac.Milan but during his playing career, it’s hard to argue that he was and still is one of the most well-known Italian strikers in the history of the sport.

Serie A giant Inter Milan embarrassed Cagliari when both sides met in the league. Inter put up a spirited second half display on Monday to end the game 5-1. Inter demolished the Sardinians at the Stadio Sant’Elia with Ever Banega, Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi contributing the goals.

Inter have been focused on changing their fortunes in the league after several mishaps on the way. They are now vying for the Europa League spot alongside Atalanta.

The first twenty minutes was quite competitive for both sides until the hosts chickened out of the clash. Inter took advantage, an impressive Banega connected with Perisic to get the opener. They did not rest on their oars as they found another within minutes as Banega curled his effort in.

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.


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