If Tare truly believes a Scudetto challenge can arrive from his side in the next three years, the Albanian will need to loosen the club’s pursestrings to make it happen.
The likes of Antonio Candreva and Lucas Biglia demonstrate the composure and consistency required to compete at the top level, and despite his age Miroslav Klose also falls into that bracket.
The current Lazio squad certainly has plenty of talents that could fit into any major European side.
The club’s sporting director Igli Tare said this week that “the objective is to be fighting for the Scudetto in the next two or three years.”
There is no reason why a club with the prestige, fan base, location and infrastructure of Lazio should not aim to rediscover the dizzy heights of the millennium, when they were crowned Italian champions for the second time in their history thanks to a squad boasting talents such as Alessandro Nesta, Pavel Nedved and Juan Sebastian Veron.
So what would it take for Tare’s objective of a Scudetto challenge to be achieved?
However, progress over the last few seasons has been minimal and the club’s loyal tifosi have been reduced to disappointing Europa League campaigns and a Champions League participation drought stretching back to 2007.
Things appeared to be going so well for Stefano Pioli in 2015. A run of five difficult fixtures against Inter, Sampdoria, Roma, Napoli and Milan yielded two wins, two draws and one defeat, leaving the club firmly in the running for third place.
The club’s Primavera side also continues to impress, having again secured a place in the Coppa Italia final on Saturday, and Danilo Cataldi is the latest home grown talent to make the step-up to the first team.
However, one win in the last three matches has left the Biancocelesti looking desperate in their attempt to catch Rafa Benitez’s Vesuviani and raised familiar doubts about the Roman club’s ability to maintain a season-long challenge.
Every transfer window a host of big-name strikers are linked to the Biancocelesti, yet they never arrive. The ugly truth is that to wrestle the Scudetto from Juventus’ stubborn grip would mean matchin捕鱼平台g their frontline of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata, which is no easy task.<99真钱/p>
The defence has improved this season but too much reliance is placed on the young shoulders of De Vrij, and members of the old guard like Stefan Radu and Abdoulay Konko give the impression that their best days are behind them.
Considering these positives, there is a solid foundation to the squad. However, if Tare truly desires a Scudetto for the Aquile, he will have to invest in the areas fans have been demanding they do for years.
The Coppa Italia win against Roma in 2013 will live long in the memory but in reality represents more of a bragging right than evidence of an upward trajectory for the club.
Wesley Hoedt, another young Dutchman, will arrive in the summer and Brazilian Mauricio has slipped into the team effortlessly since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January, but there remains a serious lack of strength in depth. With all due respect, no Scudetto winning side is likely to feature Diego Novaretti and Michael Ciani in their ranks.
It is hugely encouraging to see Lazio’s Primavera continue to flourish and more young talents excelling for the senior side, but these are the building blocks to long-term success rather than imminent accolades.
Heavy investment also needs to go toward a centre forward. Klose has performed admirably when asked this season but is by no means a young pup, and Filip Djordjevic has settled superbly but seems unlikely to be the man to single-handedly fire the club to the title.
The most promising current aspect of the club for Laziali comes in the form of the young players coming through. Stefan De Vrij, Felipe Anderson and Keita Balde Diao possess enormous talent and have the potential to lead the club to greater things should they remain in Rome.
Recent form has been affected by the annual tradition of injuries to key players, but there are more obc平台bvious reasons why a title challenge would still require significant change in the capital.