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Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri following Napoli victory: “A good win, the result of a different mentality”

Following the Biancocelesti’s impressive 2-1 victory over defending Scudetto champions Napoli on the road, Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri provided his input on the significant result in a post-match interview.

Despite the Partenopei dominating for the majority of the first half, Luis Alberto seized the first goal with a magnificent back-heel flick past David Meret in courtesy of a fine centre from Felipe Anderson.

Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski responded quickly with a screamer that deflected off a Lazio defender and trickled into the back of the net in order to level the score-line.

However, the adjustments made by Sarri in the dressing room at the break made it difficult for the Azzurri to cope defensively with the capital club.

Ultimately, former Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada attained the game-winner as he buried a low-driven shot into the bottom-right corner, enabling Lazio to attain their first three points of the 2023/24 campaign.

While speaking to Lazio Style Channel, via TuttoMercatoWeb, Sarri touched upon his side’s performance and the displays of the Biancocelesti’s new arrivals within the summer market:

“A good victory, the result of a different mentality. We were able to suffer with clarity, to take control of the match and score 4 goals against Napoli. We were able to overcome the repercussions of two disallowed goals. Good quality of play. A We have lost to Genoa, but that defeat given us some signals, we were only poor in the approach but there was a reaction and we were lucid in not taking counter-attacks. Then we grew up, we are growing physically. Genoa woke us up.”

 Luis Alberto full field? “In my opinion he had also played an important match against Genoa. The first 20 minutes there we lost a lot of trivial balls but he played a good game. I think he can take over the team and become the extraordinary player he always was and struggled to become.”

 New purchases? “Kamada immediately gave the sensation of having uncommon insertion and dribbling qualities, we are trying to make him grow without stressing him. Guendouzi is a player who has intensity, he has a good defensive phase that is rather bad, he is a player with a great personality. He only trained twice and it seems he was already in the group for some time, strong personality. Continuously inserting new players is complicated, our game is very collective, let’s see. Let’s keep in mind that August football is fake football”

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