“We weren’t at it from the off today. Lazio scored with their first two chances, and our morale was badly affected immediately. We weren’t able to react. In the second half, we tried to play and things went a bit better. The tackle on Inglese in the penalty area in the first half? To be honest, I didn’t see it and haven’t watched it back yet, so I’m not able to comment on it. The VAR officials will have looked at it again and passed judgement. We need to get going again immediately and think about our next match against Atalanta at the Tardini after the international break. We need to reach 40 points so as to ensure that we achieve our goal of avoiding relegation. The break could come in handy for us as it’ll provide an opportunity for our injured players to recover. We’ve still got an advantage over the other teams looking to avoid the drop, and this is deserved due to what we’ve done on the pitch. Today, we were unfortunately unable to play our game against a Lazio side looking to qualify for the Champions League.”
“After their first goal, the team collapsed. We got it wrong in terms of our attitude and our interpretation of the match, and I include myself when I say this. Counter-attacks? We knew that Lazio were a team with players capable of doing damage when you give them space between the lines and space to counter. I think the difference came down to the motivation levels displayed: Lazio were superior to us when it came to challenges and duels. When a technically superior opponent displays greater desire to get the result, it only gets harder. My expulsion? There was a misunderstanding with the referee, it concerned a certain incident in the first half. Regardless of this, we got it wrong today.
“We struggled on the flanks mostly through Patric, whose attacking play caused problems alongside Marusic. We were struggling but not for their second goal. We didn’t cope with their attackers when Patric was pushing down the left. We made mistakes and there are no excuses. When you play badly against a team like Lazio then there is risk of making them make you look stupid. Despite being 4-0 down at half-time, the team at least came out with a different attitude after the break.
“Everyone who came on did well. Sprocati’s first goal in Serie A came on this negative day, but this has to give him some confidence because he has the technical ability, he’s good at playing on the shoulder and he can use his right and his left. It’s clear that he just needs to be more confident in his own ability, he can earn more playing time and this depends on him. If we consider the fact the fact that Lazio only missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day and that they’ve continued in the same manner, the Biancocelesti have the possibility of reaching their objective. Difficulties can emerge during the year, but Inzaghi has done well to keep the same style of play while changing certain elements, such as playing Luis Alberto in centre midfield. With a full squad, Lazio are a very strong team.”
“Against Genoa, we changed tactically when Biabiany came on in midfield. He had the physical attributes to play in that role with Luis Alberto opposite him, moving Kucka onto Milinkovic-Savic seeing as they’re a physical match. If we analyse the initial decisions, we came to Rome to play with four attacking playersseeing Biabiany is one, but he can do very well in defence and keep things balanced. In the second half, we changed to a 3-4-3. However, it’s not the system that makes you do better or less well, it’s how you interpret the game that matters. The difference between the first and second half was the fact that we got everything wrong in the first, including our attitude.“
Here’s what he had to say:
“The aim is to get a result. We must be aware that we’re coming up against a team that’s strong in every department and who also possess great individual players. However, we must also know that we can get a result if we’re determined and solid. Sierralta, Barillà and Stulac are all unavailable, while Scozzarella is suspended. We’ve worked on a few different things during the week and tomorrow I’ll decide who plays. These lads have demonstrated that they can do well even in difficulty.”
“My 100th appearance with Parma? It’s a real positive and it’s something that’s been in the works for some time. They’ve come by pretty fast. We’ve achieved so much that you don’t realise how much time has passed. It’s a great feeling on a personal level, although what interests me most is getting a result tomorrow. Leaving Parma? Reading your name linked to other jobs can be nice, although I am only focused on advancing my work here at Parma. Our aim must be to stay up and to think about our match against Lazio. Let’s also not forget that Parma is a top club with a great history. We’re progressing really well and we want to keep this up.
“How is the team doing? We’ve been through a tough spell but all teams have them. We must remain well-balanced, it was important to win our last game against Genoa. The team had a sense of relief after the game but we were back to working with intensity as always during the week. We’ll head to Rome determined because our goal still hasn’t been reached. Lazio? They’re a complete and strong side. We’re aware of their quality but every single one of us wants to prove that we’re not inferior. We must be pleased to be playing in such a top stadium tomorrow, yet we cannot just be in awe. We must look to play the perfect match, conceding as little as possible.
“A Coach tries to put everyone at ease in a way to get the best out of their team. We must be technically strong tomorrow but they can threaten on the counter-attack. We must all pay close attention. It was great to see the whole stadium pushing the team on during our win against Genoa. I don’t think that this result arrived by chance. The condition of the pitch? I haven’t seen it yet, but I don’t think that there should be any excuses – we’ll see tomorrow. We must look at getting a result to help achieve our objective. If we think that we can relax after the last game then we’d be completely mistaken.”