Sarri complains about fixture list, plays down Lazio’s top four finish hopes

by | Jan 21, 2022 13:52

Maurizio Sarri doesn’t know if Lazio have a chance to qualify for the Champions League and complains about the fixture list: ‘We need 30 players.’

The Biancocelesti host Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico tomorrow. Lazio sit eighth in the Serie A table, seven points behind La Dea who has a game in hand.

Lazio have won the last two games in a row in all competitions against Salernitana (Serie A) and Udinese (Coppa Italia).

“We have shown solidity, but tomorrow we play against a team with incredible attacking potential. There isn’t room for mistakes,” Sarri said at a press conference.

“I don’t know if we have a chance to qualify for the Champions League. For now, we are focused on our growth. We are improving, but we must be more consistent. The result depends on small details.”

Luiz Felipe sees his contract expire in the summer, but Sarri hopes the defender signs a new deal.

“I don’t know if he will stay,” the coach admitted. “But I know the club want it, the lad is improving and he is giving us the idea that he can still develop.”

Sarri also complained about the fixture list and the abolition of the away rule, which will see more games go to extra time.

“They will play a World Cup in winter with 60 teams. They have abolished the away goal rule, so more games will go to extra time.

“The number of games is increasing, but with the hypocrisy of the Financial Fair Play and a limited number of players per team. They should at least give us the chance to have 30 players in the squad to cope with so many matches.”

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