Lazio started the new Italian Serie A campaign with a lot of positivity especially after having come close to qualifying for the Champions League this season. However, they suffered a defeat in the opening match of the season against AC Milan. This was one of the standout fixtures of the opening day, as Lazio were coming up against a team that had the former Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi standing in the dugout. Inzaghi recently replaced Clarence Seedorf and there has been talk that the former striker has tried to revolutionise the team in the hope of getting them back to top.
One of the exciting matches of the weekend, Lazio came on the wrong side of a 3-1 score. Milan were excellent throughout the 90 minutes, as they came out with pace and power especially with Stephan El Shaarawy being impressive. Lazio were unable to respond for much of the match, but towards the end they had a number of chances that were saved due to the brilliance of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who was making his debut for Milan. Lazio’s new manager Stefano Pioli, who was appointed in the summer in place of Edoardo Reja, was disappointed to see his team lose the opening match.
However, he said that Lazio were good enough to warrant at least three goals that would have helped them draw the match.
“I like the personality of the team, but especially in the first half we had to be more incisive and aggressive. In the first half we lacked a little bit of clarity, but not in the second. We created five or six scoring chances and deserved at least the three goals that Milan had. We made the right purchases in July. I know this group, and I know that this team has technical and moral values. The team is good, we’re growing. We want to return to Europe,” said Pioli.