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  17/07/2014: Auronzo di Cadore: Day 6
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Stefano Pioli did not hesitate to get his boys on the pitch and playing on Wednesday morning. With a friendly scheduled against "Top 11 Radio Club" in the evening, Pioli was keen to work on tactics one final time before the game. The players began the session working on deliveries into the box and shooting from long-distance but it was not long before another match took place. The teams were as follows:

Bibs (4-3-3): Strakosha; Konko, Cana, Filippini, Radu; Cataldi, Elez, Vinicus; Felipe Anderson, Rozzi, Oikonomidis

Non-bibs (4-3-3): Guerrieri; Cavanda, Novaretti, Ciani, Braafheid; Antic, Ledesma, Mauri, Pereirinha, Keita, Djordjevic.

Interestingly, the line-ups were very similar to those tested in training on Tuesday. The game took place on a pitch reduced in size and ended 0-0, and Pioli was visibly unhappy with some aspects of the game, verbally expressing his unhappiness at the balance between defence and attack when attacking a set-piece delivery, singling out Keita at one point. Berisha and Marchetti were substituted on during the game, but Alfaro did not take part and ended up training in the gym. Ederson did not take part as he continues his recuperation.

Pioli began the friendly against Top 11 Radio Club with the team that wore bibs during the morning game. He had made only one change; Strakosha had been replaced by Marchetti.

Lazio were already four goals to the good by half-time. Rozzi bagged himself a 28-minute hat-trick, combining well with Konko for a couple of the goals while Vinicius struck in the final seconds of the half.

Pioli sent out the morning's "non-bib" line-up for the second half with only one change, but it was notable. Pereirinha had been replaced on the right-wing by Cavanda, seemingly the latest positional experiment.

This team seemed to fare better, scoring four goals in 15 minutes. It took Djordjevic only seven minutes to bag himself a brace and bizarrely, Ciani notched goal seven and goal eight in the space of a minute. The game then went quiet - Berisha came on for the final 25 minutes and Mauri completed the rout nine minutes from the end.

9-0 may sound prolific, but it is one of the least impressive scorelines against amateur opposition that we've seen since Lazio started coming to Auronzo di Cadore. You sense there is more to come from this Lazio side.

A couple of other interesting points from day six. Once again, the club sent players to go interact with fans and once again, Stefano Pioli took the time to engage with the travelling support. One fan was heard asking him about Roma's 30 million euro signing Juan Iturbe, to which Pioli replied;

"This is the third time I've been asked about him already. Don't worry, we'll stop him somehow."

Antonio Rozzi also reassured fans that he prefers Lazio to Real Madrid, while Emiliano Alfaro insisted he was in a happy place despite being very much sidelined at the current Lazio.

Juan Bernabé - handler of Lazio's eagle Olimpia - tried to send the bird from the top of Mount Agudo in Auronzo di Cadore to a field at the bottom of the mountain. The weather was not great and Bernabé warned that Olimpia might not fancy the flight, and that proved to be the case, as the eagle took off but flew around the mountain. He gave Olimpia a second chance and there were no problems as she flew straight to the bottom of the mountain to the delight of the Lazio support.
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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