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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.
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Italian giants Lazio have secured the future of Italian international Antonio Candreva after buying his full rights from fellow Italian club Udinese for an undisclosed fee, it has been announced.
Candreva joined the Italian giants on a co-ownership deal back in 2012 with both clubs owning 50 percent of the player’s sporting and economical rights. The player is under contract with the Roman club till the summer of 2018 and had a great season for the club with 12 goals and 6 assists, helping the Eagles to finish in ninth in the 2013/14 Serie A season.
The club released a statement following a deal which read that it had resolved the co-ownership deal for the player in its favor.
The 27 year old, who has now returned to Italy after the former world champions crashed out from the group stages of the World Cup, was linked with big money moves abroad after a strong season with Lazio where he was one of their key players.
According to the Italian media reports, Serie A champions Juventus and French powerhouse Paris Saint Germain were eager to move for the player but with Udinese selling their co-ownership rights, it is now up to the Biancoceleste to decide whether they want to keep the player or cash in on him.
Although the club president has ruled out that the player will not be going anywhere, both the European powerhouses will be keen to test the resolve of the club as they seek to add reinforcements to their squads.
Meanwhile, Lazio has also on the verge of securing the signing of Serbian full back Dusan Basta from Udinese.
A statement on the club website read that they will soon announce the signing of the player once it is confirmed by both parties and the Italian FA.
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The future of Lazio hitman Miroslav Klose has been thrown into doubt after the striker admitted that his future will be decided in the next few weeks. He is out of contract at the end of the campaign, but is one of the deadliest strikers in the world, he is definitely in demand. The German international is very close to beating the record of Brazil striker Ronaldo for the most number of goals scored in World Cup finals. He is intent on getting this record at the upcoming World Cup 2014, which would also be his final major tournament with Germany.
Since coming to Italian football with Lazio, Klose has been a regular first-team player whenever he has been fit. The 35-year-old is coming to the end of his career, which has sparked speculation that he may return to Germany or even try a stint in MLS. Despite rumours about retirement at the end of the campaign, Klose has said that he feels that he still has a lot to offer to the game even at this age. It is quite conceivable that he may play in Germany for another year before moving to MLS. As far as international career is concerned, he plans to announce his retirement after the World Cup.
“I can still play at a high level for two or three more years. I thank God that there are so many interesting options there for me. There are so many false rumours that have gone around, what is certain is that I want to continue playing at a high level. I think that the World Cup in Brazil will be my last international tournament,” said the striker. Klose has been playing for Lazio since 2011. He has scored 40 goals in 97 appearances for the Italian team.
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