Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri complained about the club’s puzzling transfer strategy following the loss to Fiorentina, highlighting that it’s not his fault.

The Biancocelesti again failed to find a rhythm in their Monday evening clash with the Viola, suffering a 2-1 loss despite taking the lead in the 45th minute through Luis Alberto. Second half goals from Michael Kayode and Giacomo Bonaventura secured the win for the hosts.

Sarri has looked increasingly frustrated in the Lazio dugout over the course of this campaign, with mostly underutilised arrivals last summer and no reinforcements in the January market, and rumours suggest he could leave at the end of the season.

When speaking in his press conference via TMW after the loss to Fiorentina, Sarri was asked why some players hardly featured in his Lazio squad, like Valentin Castellanos and Daichi Kamada.

“Everyone signs who they want… It seems to me that in July, the club were clear about who were doing the transfers. If I ask you for a player who is plan A, and you make me choose between C and D… It’s not like I did the market.

“But it’s not part of the discussion to be had this evening, we have mitigating circumstances but not many excuses, the performance was bad and the mental flatness evident. We weren’t shaken by the undeserved advantage, the draw or the disadvantage… Heavy performance.

“There were fears but even in a bad match I expected better. We went onto the pitch with two or three players who needed to take a breath or had flu symptoms. And there were those who came on without having trained for some time with the team.

“The tensions and physical accumulation make you heavy, I saw the team dull. To be able to play four competitions like us you need a strong material and mental structure, people used to playing every three days.”

Lazio’s defeat leaves them eight points behind fourth place Bologna after 26 matches.

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