Lazio Roma – Torino: A Welcome Victory For Maurizio Sarri (2-0)
Lazio finally secured their first Serie A victory of the season at the Stadio Olimpico, bringing a sense of relief to the team and its supporters. Maurizio Sarri’s men struggled in the first half, thanks to Torino’s aggressive approach, but eventually found solutions in the second period to break down Torino’s defensive block.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.
The situation in the Italian capital is far from ideal. Despite Lazio’s significant achievement of securing a top-four finish last season, their current campaign has hit a rough patch, as they have won just once in five games. Ahead of this game, they were fifteenth in the standings, and as a result, questions surfaced about manager Maurizio Sarri, with his team struggling to break free from the early season slump.
Their recent track record against Torino did not bode well, as Lazio had failed to secure a victory in their last five encounters. Consequently, this became a high-pressure game for Sarri, who eyed a positive result to kickstart their season.
Sarri named a strong side, featuring Ivan Prodovel in goal, who recently made headlines with his late goal in the Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid. Manuel Lazzari, Alessio Romagnoli, Nicolò Casale, and Adam Marušić started as the back four, with Matias Vecino and Nicolò Rovella in midfield. Mattia Zaccagni, Filipe Anderson, and Luis Alberto were ahead of the double pivot, while Ciro Immobile started as the lone striker.
On the other hand, Torino have enjoyed a solid start to the season, securing a couple of wins thus far. Under Ivan Jurić, they have established themselves as a formidable defensive unit, boasting three clean sheets in . . .