Lazio Roma – Bologna: Bologna’s Chaotic Midfield Sets Up Routine Lazio Victory (2-0)
An incredibly one-sided affair was all but put to bed in the opening third of the match due to the visitor’s choice of defensive shape. Simone Inzaghi’s side were able to toy with their opponents throughout, who, despite finding similar issues in Lazio’s shape, could not gather a genuine response.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnelly.
You have to go back quite some distance to find Lazio’s last league defeat. All the way back to September, in fact, they lost 1-0 at the hands of Internazionaleat the San Siro. Since then, their form has been nothing short of scintillating and it has allowed them to poke their heads through the door in this title tussle.
With the chance to go top after match twenty-six, the head coach named three changes to the side that beat Genoa 3-2 last week. Those changes included Denis Vavro making way for Luiz Felipe, who returned from suspension, Adam Marušić was displaced by Manuel Lazzari, and Joaquín Correa re-partnered Ciro Immobile up top, seeing Felipe Caicedo relegated to the bench.
As for Bologna – whose turbulent season has seen them land respectably on their feet in mid-table – after a three-match winning run, they have dropped five points across their last two games; both of which were at home.
Veteran manager Siniša Mihaljović was thus intent on re-establishing their prior form. Four changes were made from the side which scraped a draw against Udinese last weekend. They saw Łukasz Skorupski replace Angelo . . .