Storm clouds are gathering over Formello as tensions rise between Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri and president Claudio Lotito.

The Biancocelesti looked dire in their trip to Florence on Monday, falling to Fiorentina in a 2-1 defeat, a flattering scoreline considering the balance of play. It was the team’s 10th league defeat of the season, form that leaves them eighth in the league table after 26 games.

Sarri refused to take all of the blame after the defeat, telling the press that he doesn’t control the Lazio transfer market when questioned about his limited usage of players like Daichi Kamada and Valentin Castellanos.

Il Messaggero via TMW details how Lotito did not take Sarri’s statements to the press well and tensions have now started to quickly rise at Lazio, making the coach’s departure in the summer now looking increasingly likely.

Lotito commented on the situation to the Roman newspaper, making it clear that he doesn’t believe excuses are valid considering the form and results.

“The squad is strong and competitive, Sarri should assume his responsibilities together with the team, instead of always finding excuses. The market has nothing to do with the defeat in Florence and the nine others. At the end of the season, we will make a definitive assessment.”

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