Club legend Bruno Giordano spoke to La Gazzetta della Sport in an exclusive interview about the current Lazio squad, Pioli’s attacking options, and what lies ahead of the new season;
Miro Klose or Filip Djordjevic?
"Stefano Pioli faces a dilemma here, two big names but just one place. Djordjevic has delighted me with his good pre-season and scored some goals in the absence of Miro. As for Klose, how do you not entrust the attack with the leading goal scorer in the history of world football and the current champion of the world?
This is a serious problem for Pioli but one that every coach would love to have. This is good as competition can only be good for Lazio".
Do you think Klose and Djordjevic can co-exist in the 4-3-3 formation?
"For me, both players are central in terms of their characteristics. I do not think that either one can efficiently play on the left or right and produce their central striker form. Klose can play further forward or even behind another striker, but only if you play with two strikers. Djordjevic is a good finisher and can strike well from outside the box".
Would Klose accept the bench?
"He is a serious professional and he knows that in certain circumstances the bench can also lengthen your career. He will now be charged up and ready to go, a boost of enthusiasm that comes from winning the World Cup.
This reminds me of Diego Maradona. At Naples, after his national side triumphed in Mexico, Diego went beyond his talent early on in the season and played brilliantly. During that time he made things even more exciting. The same could happen to Miro".
How do you see the new Lazio?
"The transfer market is still open, but the squad seems more complete than last year".
Where do you believe Lazio sit with the rest of Serie A this season? Which player will be the surprise?
"I see five teams in front and they are Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina and Inter. At the moment I think the level of Lazio is about the same as Milan’s. But with some fine displays I believe the club can compete for fourth place".
"Marco Parolo. At 29 years old he has already done some important things for his clubs and Italy. Coming from the national side I know he will give a lot to Lazio on the field".