Maurizio Sarri seems to have changed his mind on Luis Alberto: ‘I hope we can solve our problems, so he can always play.’
The Tuscan tactician had claimed the Spaniard and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could not play together, but he seems to have changed his view now.
“He [Luis Alberto] started eight games out of 12 and he was introduced in four for 40 minutes,” Sarri said at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Fiorentina.
“There are times of the season when the needs of the individual are not the same as the team. We hope to solve our problems, so we can afford Luis Alberto always in the field.”
Lazio were sent into training retreat after their 4-1 loss against Hellas Verona.
“We know the answers we have to give. I think the team is ready, I saw the right attitude these days,” Sarri said.
“Fiorentina are a strong team, they have changed their playing style, they’ve won more games away than at home and they can have an important future.
“We need to make some corrections because there’s something wrong with the approach,” the Tuscan tactician continued.
“In addition, they always occur at the third weekly game, where physical data are no different from the first. It means it’s mental energies that change.”
After the game against Verona, Sarri had said this could be a transitional season for Lazio and today he was asked if his statement may have a negative effect on his players.
“We need to keep working and work, this is one of the most helpful teams I’ve ever had,” he replied.
“Excuses are bul*****. Sometimes external communication is not like the internal one. I may tell journalists and players different things.
“We have strong players, but in Rome, you have the tendency to sanctify players too quickly. They need to work,” the coach continued.
“The midfielders used to play with three defenders and two full-backs defending on the wings.
“Now we play with three strikers, so the situation is different. They need to adapt. Sometimes we give the feeling we arrive second on the ball even if the data says otherwise.”