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Are Lazio Too Reliant On Miroslav Klose?

The last two matches against Novara and Lecce were a chance for Lazio to get back to winning ways and take all six points from the two fixtures, and to the fans delight they did just that. While pushing over Novara with ease, Lecce proved to be a difficult opponent. As many times before so far this season it was down to Lazio’s favourite German to come to the rescue once again.

The game in Puglia was like many the fans have seen so far, a poor performance. I will openly admit it was the worst Lazio I have seen so far this campaign. Injuries have hit the Biancocelesti hard since the start of the season and the manager has had to do without key players throughout. Edy Reja and his squad find themselves in a very comfortable position in the table but it asks the question, are Lazio too reliant on Miroslav Klose?

“Today I can honestly say without any problems that we had difficulties, we've been kissed by fortune. Lecce deserved at least a point. I expected a different performance from the team, but instead suffered throughout the game. We were able to take the three points thanks to our strikers" Reja’s words after the match summed it up perfectly. For the neutral, It is hard to criticise a team eight points clear in fourth position, but when you have watched every Lazio match this season, there is a cause for concern. After a shaky start in defence it seemed to have tightened up in recent matches but the game at the Via del Mare proved it is still prone to past problems.

The points Miroslav Klose has single handedly earnt for Lazio this season are totting up. Should Lazio lose their key striker for any reason, maybe Lazio would just be a Joe Average team? News is arising that Federico Marchetti will miss action for a month due to injury, a blow for Laziale. The former Cagliari number one has been Lazio’s best player just behind Klose this season. While fans still haven’t seen a goal from Djibril Cisse since September, the team really are relying on Klose for goals.

With an on going injury list that includes Cristian Brocchi, Stefano Mauri, Javier Garrido, Andre Dias, Libor Kozak, and Matuzalem. It is understandable there have been some inconsistent performances from the team. As the players start to come back to full fitness maybe we will see a change, and with January fast approaching it maybe a chance for Reja to hatch a back up plan in the Mercato.

Without taking too much away from Lazio’s league position, there are many matches where Lazio have deserved all three points. However, poor performances cannot be excused by goals from Lazio’s hero. When Lazio play without Klose they look somewhat impotent in attack. Although Tomasso Rocchi chips in with the odd goal, there isn’t a prolific goal scorer amongst the ranks apart from Miroslav. Next up in the league for Lazio is Udinese. Edy Reja cannot afford another performance like the one in Lecce, And Miroslav Klose’s goals alone may not be enough to overcome Francesco Guidolin’s men.

(Ben Lally)

 
 
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