Sarri: ‘Lazio played with fire against Feyenoord’

Maurizio Sarri warns Lazio cannot take anything for granted after risking a comeback in their 4-2 Europa League win over Feyenoord ‘We shouldn’t have played with fire in the final 20 minutes.’

The Biancocelesti were absolutely dominant for an hour at the Stadio Olimpico with goals from Luis Alberto, Felipe Anderson and a Matias Vecino brace.

They took their foot off the gas late on, conceding twice from Santiago Gimenez and seeing a penalty revoked via VAR for Mario Gila’s clean tackle.

Elsewhere in the Europa League group, Sturm Graz beat Midtjylland 1-0.

“Games are always difficult in Europe and foreign clubs don’t just give up when 4-0 down, so we shouldn’t have played with fire in the final 20 minutes the way we did,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“The first 60 minutes were very, very good, a top level performance, I am disappointed we were messing around in the final 20 minutes, because in Europe that is an enormous risk.”

The coach kept squad rotation to a minimum, including goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.

“We rested three players, others had some playing time, we’ll see then what needs changing for the next match.

“Evidently, we still have limitations in terms of mentality, as we showed great determination and the right approach only to then let our foot off the gas at the end and that is dangerous.

“I feel that in Serie A we have not got the results we deserved, partly due to our own errors, partly just the way things happened.”

Sarri was furious after the 2-1 defeat to Napoli and bitterly criticised the VAR officials, so has he shrugged off some of that anger by now?

“I said what I thought, it was not said in anger. I still think that and was clear-headed in my analysis.”

Former Chelsea manager Sarri was asked if there was truth to the difference in intensity or the amount of ground covered by English sides compared to Italian.

“Looking at the figures, they are all largely very similar, the only difference you notice is the sprints going faster than 20km/h. They are more frequent in the Premier League, whereas in Serie A those sudden changes of pace are fairly rare.”

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