Below is a translation of Gabriele De Bari’s report;
Out of the Coppa Italia, out of Europe, and in an undesirable position in the league championship. The team is now in the twilight. Too many disappointments of a season which began with very different ambitions and goals but has been affected by errors – especially in the transfer market.
The only possible goal remains a place in the top 6 of Serie A, which would ensure the continued presence in the Europa League; the same competition that has been shamefully snubbed and under valued. It is a contradiction to be eliminated from a cup that has not been the priority for neither the club nor Reja, yet you now look at Europa League qualification as a last resort to save the season.
The mocking elimination in Bulgaria is likely to have a negative effect. Reja will now have to work harder to overcome the psychological position his squad is in, as they will be tired and demoralized after such a match and outcome. In just a few days time comes another difficult challenge; the away trip to Fiorentina. To respond well from that loss and get a positive result in Florence against a top team Reja will need to work wonders.
At the beginning of the season Petkovic and Lotito spoke of having a strong, competitive squad which was perhaps the strongest one for the Biancocelesti for well over a decade. Sadly, for Lazio fans they were proved very wrong.
This current Lazio must be re-established. The owner must take note and move quickly in time for some major investments. The wrong moves of summer 2013 were followed by yet more mistakes this past January with the signing of an already injured player, Helder Postiga. Even the great Professor Wolfhart, a friend of Klose, has been unable to find a remedy for the Portuguese hitman. It seems as though the club is constantly buying players with physical problems. After the painful sale of Hernanes the need to bring in quality to the team must be a top priority, otherwise you risk another season of anonymity – which we are seeing now.
To rejuvenate the squad Lotito needs to bring in 7-8 players of high value. In the defensive department only Berisha and Radu deserve to be confirmed for next season. The others could easily end up for sale. In midfield the management must work to grow the technical abilities, which has proved near impossible for players not in the international frame. Candreva, Lulic, Biglia and Ledesma have the potential to continue but I believe Lazio needs two important reinforcements that will take the midfield to a whole new level in quality. And in attack we must solve the riddle of Klose.
There is an absolute certainty from which to start rebuilding for the future; Keita. To let him go would be a massive mistake as he has strength, personality and class. He is predestined for great things. Keita apart, the strike force lacks a strong central striker who has a natural feel with the goal.
There are still a couple of months left of the season. On the one hand the team will have to work very hard to save an extremely disappointing season, and on the other hand the company (Lotito and Tare) will have a duty to start building a great future for a great club. This is not only in words but in actions.