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  22/09/2015: Preview: Lazio - Genoa
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Thankfully Lazio return home after an embarrassing week away to both Dnipro in the Ukraine and Napoli in Naples. Pioli was clearly not happy with the 5-0 loss to Napoli and has ordered his Lazio troops to resume to full training at the Formello grounds, hopefully the vandalized walls on the way into the facility will install regret in their last performance.

Genoa were beaten by Juventus over the weekend by a score of 2-0 but held firm in their approach to the match. Genoa were only beaten by an own goal and a suspect penalty call, which Pogba made the most of. Lazio have not had much success against Genoa, they in fact lost both matches to them last season, both by a score of 1-0. Lazio are ravaged by injuries, Djordjevic is welcomed back to the squad but his place on the injury table has been taken by Candreva. Other notable omissions from the Lazio squad due to injury include De Vrij, Klose and Biglia.

Lazio will need to mark much tighter against Genoa or they will once again pay the price, perhaps not by a score of 5-0 but pay the price nonetheless. Lazio will need to be conscious of their vulnerability on the counter attack, they were constantly undone by Napoli, De Vrij has really been missed.

Thus far into the season Lazio have not had a true identity on the field in terms of their tactical approach to the game or familiarity in personnel, mid-week European fixtures cannot be the sole blame for this. Granted, injuries are and have been a concern for Lazio, but this should once again not be an excuse for being completely outplayed as a group, a squad, a team. To identify the core root of the problem is difficult but it is not difficult to ascertain that there is one.

Lazio need to look back to last season to try to identify what their recipe for success was when they put together a string of wins and solid collective performances as a unit, yes Anderson led the charge but the group had belief and played in unison. Anderson has been inconsistent for Lazio this campaign but he has enough historical significance with Lazio to start in the first eleven. Some players simply shine brighter when their coaching staff give them the confidence to start, it promotes self belief, which Anderson does not have at the moment but it is there within him.

With Candreva out to injury and Anderson not firing on all cylinders Lazio need to rely on other contributors who have up to now in Serie A been absent, Parolo, Mauri and Keita need to find the score sheet. Hopefully Djordjevic can regain full fitness soon and find his form. Once again, to make reference to last season, Lazio must attack and do so more often and with more creativity. Rather than a projected starting line-up for Lazio, here is one that is more hopeful, it is time for a shake up.

Berisha, Mauricio, Gentiletti, Basta, Braafheid, Parolo, Cataldi, Anderson, Kishna, Keita, Matri.

You might be wondering what formation this is, if you guessed 4-4-1-1 you are correct indeed. The time is now for Lazio to unite and make amends for their past mistakes!

Forza Lazio!
Author: Michael Petricca
 
 
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