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Lazio’s amazing run of form came to an end after the team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Napoli. This is a huge setback for the team currently chasing for a top three place.
This was seen as a six-pointer given that Napoli’s position as the third best team in Italy was under severe threat. Rafa Benitez’ team has now opened a two-point advantage over Lazio, but the race is still very tight at the top of the table. After the match, Lazio boss Stefano Pioli said that he did not envisage a defeat after having played so well against one of the top teams in the country.
Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the game. This was the first defeat suffered by Lazio since the 3-0 loss against Juventus back in November. Read more »
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Ashley Cole is widely regarded as one of the best left backs over the last decade, but at 33 years of age, he was deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea in the summer. The former Arsenal man not only announced his retirement from international duty, but he also surprised many by joining Roma on a free transfer. Since moving to the Italian outfit, he has been playing on a regular basis. This persuaded manager Rudi Garcia to start with the experienced campaigner in the Champions League group match against Bayern Munich.
Roma came into the match with a real opportunity to cement their position in the group after getting a 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the previous round. City were seen as the early favourites to finish second in the group behind Bayern, but the Premier League outfit are yet to get a win.
Hence, Garcia went with a strong line-up against Bayern but his players performed very poorly and were thrashed 7-1. This was one of the highest scores in the Champions League group stages. Cole was having a tough time against Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and he was substituted at half-time. Garcia, though, has defended the performance of Cole by saying that the former Chelsea man was not the only one to play poorly against the Germans.
“The defeat against Bayern wasn’t just down to one player. Everyone got things wrong, the Coach included. Ashley has also had big games where he’s played well, such as the game with Manchester City not long ago [a 1-1 draw at the Etihad].
He’s feeling good, he’s always positive and he’s a great champion, he’ll be involved in the upcoming games,” said Garcia. Roma started the season in brilliant fashion, but their form of late has been rather worrying with just one win in the last five.
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The previous coach of Lazio, Edoardo Reja enjoyed having an impressive time as the coach of the Italian club as he rescued Lazio out of the relegation zone and into a middle section finish during his debut season as the coach of the Italian side.
The next season arrived and things continued going in favor of Lazio and Edoardo Reja as were they at the top of the Italian League, Serie A for a significantly long period of time but Reja decided to resign and step down from his managerial position at Lazio despite having constant claims and pleas for him to continue on.
On May 17 of 2012 Edoardo Reja resigned but he made his return to the club on January 4 of 2014, however his stay was not long as the Italian coach once more decided to resign and has been replaced by Stefano Pioli.
Lazio are currently located in the higher section of the Italian League and Edoardo Reja displayed his support towards Stefano Pioli as Reja believes that the current coach is doing things right.
“The President asked me, ‘and now who will I sign?’ And there were Coaches I recommended to him, Pioli was one of those. He is working well. He has brought a philosophy of play, it’s a good one, works well on the field. On the level of the game, although they have lost a few games, Lazio have their own identity’’
“It takes time to learn about the environment. And at Lazio there aren’t the conditions in which to experiment’’ Edoardo Reja said.
Lazio endured a rocky start of the season after losing 3-1 against Ac.Milan and a few weeks later enduring successive defeats against Genoa and Udinese but they have managed to pick themselves up and respond by smashing 4 goals past Palermo as well as claiming crucial triumphs over Sassuolo and more recently against Fiorentina.