Second day at Fiuggi saw the team carrying out a training session in the morning, followed by a friendly in the evening.
Before lunch the players lined up for the yearly pictures taken ahead of the season, followed by some aerobic workout and tactical elements being instructed by Petkovic. The Bosnian coach spent a portion of the time focusing on the role of the defensive minded midfielders, pairing up Cana with Ledesma and Onazi with Gonzalez.
Rozzi and Stendardo sat out the training today, adding to the rumours linking the latter to Atalanta. The youngster Rozzi had picked up a slight knock yesterday and for security reasons rest was ordered the player. Speaking of injuries, it was today revealed that the ex Genoa physician Caroli have made a transfer to Lazio, giving journalists the opportunity to mock Lotito’s promise of bringing a number of champions to Lazio this summer pointing out that Caroli is the Mr. X that everyone has been waiting for.
At 18.30 Lazio entered the pitch against Nuova Circe, a game that ended 4-0 for the Biancocelesti. Before the interval Petkovic opted for a 4-2-3-1 with Marchetti, Konko, Biava, Dias, Garrido, Cana, Ledesma, Candreva, Mauri, Lulic and Rocchi. The first half saw the team mainly focus on defensive duties, hence only one goal was scored and that through Rocchi on a Mauri pass and a Ledesma build up. Petkovic again opted for a large number of substitutions, replacing Rocchi as early as after 32’ with Alfaro.
The second 45 minutes was more about the offensive duties and the players were fielded in a more attacking balanced 4-3-3. Marchetti was replaced by Carrizo a little later in the half, else Cavanda, Biava, Scaloni, Zauri, Gonzalez, Onazi, Hernanes, Zarate, Alfaro, Floccari started the half for the Romans.
Onazi opened the scoring in the second 45 minutes when he fired a shot seven minutes into the half, very much to the pleasure of the supporters at Fiuggi to watch the development of the team. Four minutes on Alfaro scored and with half an hour to go Floccari managed to found the back of the net. 20 minutes from time the only real chance for Nuova Circe occurred, but Carrizo could see the ball end up outside the right post.
Two intense training days await the team in Fiuggi, before tougher opposition in Turkey will give the coach and players a better idea of where the team stands regarding tactical and technical readiness ahead of the season.
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