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  02/11/2015: Report: Lazio 1-3 Milan
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It's back-to-back losses for Stefano Pioli's Lazio as the biancocelesti slumped to a 1-3 home defeat to AC Milan, which leaves Lazio a little nearer to mid-table mediocrity than most us would've expected at this stage of the season. With the Derby della Capitale on the horizon, Stefano Pioli has intimated that no thought will be given to the midweek tie with Rosenborg, while Claudio Lotito has made his opinions clear in training this morning. 

It's very difficult to gain any kind of understanding for Lazio's performance, as this wasn't the same team that reached significant heights last season. AC Milan did not need to get out of second gear as Federico Marchetti put them in the driving seat with an erroneous display. To continue the vehicular analogy, Lazio had many players looking to get their hands on the steering wheel, but nobody had any idea what direction we were going in. Biglia, Gentiletti, Onazi - they all wanted to make plays until they made a sloppy pass or two - then they wanted to hide.

The front four showed very little desire to make anything happen. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, talented though he may be, didn't put anything like the shift he has done in recent games. Antonio Candreva was overheard telling Stefan Radu that Lazio had no tactical gameplan. Klose is starting to look like a player waiting on his 40th birthday party. It's not what we want to see or have to come to expect.

There's no point dragging this report out longer than I need to. Put simply, there's not much to comment on. There were no real chances for either side in the first half, yet Milan went in a goal up courtesy of Marchetti's error. The game was effectively over in the second half when Milinkovic-Savic neglected to pick up Philippe Mexes and Federico Marchetti made a dire attempt to punch the ball clear. From then on, there was only going to be one winner. As Lazio 'chased' the game, Carlos Bacca made it 0-3 undoing our centre-backs with his pace. Ricardo Kishna bagged himself a consolation goal, but that was about all that Lazio could muster - and Milan's 16 year-old goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma will probably be disappointed at being beaten at his near post. Still, had a better game than his opposite number.

And that's that. Another loss. Where do we go from here? Well, you sense an awful lot is riding on the Derby della Capitale. Win, and Lazio are probably back in contention for another week or two at least. Lose, and is there any way back for Pioli?

Forza Lazio!
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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