Inzaghi: ‘Special Lazio to beat Juve’

Simone Inzaghi said Lazio need “a special performance to beat Juventus, the strongest team in Italy,” but Jordan Lukaku’s Newcastle move remains a mystery.

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“We know that we are taking on the strongest team in Italy, one of the best in Europe,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Simone Inzaghi said Lazio need “a special performance to beat Juventus, the strongest team in Italy,” but Jordan Lukaku’s Newcastle move remains a mystery.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“We know that we are taking on the strongest team in Italy, one of the best in Europe,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We’ll need a special performance to beat them, but we’ve done it before and hope to repeat that tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

“We wanted to do better against Napoli and had a strong start to the game, but then allowed them too much possession. Once we did get a goal back, we went down to 10 men.

“It’s not true that Lazio have nothing to lose, because there are still three points up for grabs. We’re missing a few players, but so are Juve. In order to beat them, we need motivation and the right approach.

“We’ve got to start fully focused, because the Bianconeri like to play with a very high tempo in the opening 15-20 minutes. After that, it’s all about head, heart and legs.

“We’ll keep a special eye on Cristiano Ronaldo, as he has settled immediately into Serie A, which isn’t always easy. He is the best in the world along with Lionel Messi.”

Lazio are without suspended Adam Marusic and Francesco Acerbi, while Luiz Felipe is injured, so Marco Parolo could be re-routed to the right flank.

“We can play with four or three at the back. We’ll see if Patric has fully recovered from his issue, it’ll be either him or Parolo on the right.

“We can change system, or we can continue with our usual approach. Joaquin Correa is an important resource, he had flu before the Napoli game, but had started the six before that and will probably start tomorrow too.”

Martin Caceres has left and moved to Juventus, while Jordan Lukaku’s transfer to Newcastle United was abandoned for reasons that remain mysterious.

“Both of them expressed the desire to play more often and I want only those who are enthusiastic to be here. I’ve been a player, I know what it’s like and they both acted beyond reproach with me.

“Along with the club, we agreed that Jordan should go out on loan. Then he had some complications with Newcastle. From tomorrow, he will return to being a Lazio player 100 per cent.

“I have a frank rapport with my players. Lukaku proved he was in good shape, otherwise he wouldn’t have played against Napoli.”

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