The Biancocelesti have gone against the norm this season by putting in impressive performances against the big hitters of Serie A while struggling against the stragglers. There have been confident wins against Palermo, Fiorentina, Milan and Sampdoria, yet only one point has been taken in matches against three of the bottom five teams – Empoli, Chievo and Cesena.
What will be of far more concern to Stefano Pioli is Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Cesena, and that a look back over the season so far suggests it wasn’t as much of a surprise result as first thought.
Any fan of Lazio will associate the final day of the January transfer window with feelings of anguish and despair by now, rather than excitement.
However, there are two important poihg线上开户nts to consider for any disillusioned laziali. The first and most crucial is that the department that was indisputably most in need of reinforcement was at centre-back, and two defenders were signed.
Brazilian Mauricio arrived on loan from Sporting Lisbon with the option to buy at the end of the season, and exciting AZ Alkmaar prospect Wesley Hoedt will land in Rome this summer.
Pioli will be more than aware of the fact that garnering better away consistency from his side is his most pressing task – and one that the goal-starved Bergessio would have been unlikely to help with.
It emerged after the deadline passed that the injury-prone Ederson had been responsible for the collapse of a part-exchange deal for Sampdoria striker Gonzalo Bergessio, prompting surprising levels of outrage towards the Brazilian from Aquile fans.
More worrying still is the club’s away form. Thirteen points from 11 matches does not suggest the form of a Champions League-chasing team. In fact, as pointed out by lalaziosiamonoi, Lazio’s average of 1.18 points per away game is far in the rear-view mirror of Napoli, who boast an average of 1.91.
The Partenopei have now opened up a five-point gap in third place and this will not be cut without an improvement in performances on the road. The Aquile impressed during a difficult run of fixtures against Inter, Sampdoria, Roma, Napoli and Milan but their only defeat from those matches was against the Vesuviani, their direct top-three rivals.
The squad was admittedly severely depleted for Sunday’s defeat, but injuries have unfortunately become as commonplace as pasta in the Formello diet, but the quality in squad depth should arguably be sufficient to overcome teams like Cesena.
After Filip Djordjevic picked up an injury that will keep him out for three months in the win over Milan, a host of strikers suddenly became the subject of transfer rumours.
The last few years have seen Claudio Lotito and Igli Tare fail to complete deals that looked set in stone, often leaving the squad short-staffed in key areas. However, this year was different.
The second is that the man at the centre of this fiasco is Gonzalo Bergessio. T银河棋牌he Argentine striker was a real thr波音娱乐eat during his time at Catania, but at Sampdoria he has managed one Serie A goal all season and has struggled to regularly command a starting place in Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side. At 30-years-old, he wouldn’t exactly have been a signing with the long term in mind either.
Miroslav Klose has come back into form recently and is a more than adequate stand-in for Djordjevic. Unfortunately for Ederson, it seems that fans like a bit of last-minute drama on deadline day.