Lazio’s bad three game winless run at the end of last season cost them a *possible* fourth place, and was really tough viewing for any Le Aquile fans. Maybe it did. Maybe it didn’t. But it was hard to watch.
But a solid pre-season followed by lifting their fourth Supercoppa Italiana, and against Juve, would have been particularly pleasing.
Depending on the start of the season opening Cup, it’s sometimes a glamour friendly with a bit of silverware for the winner, the recent Gamper Trophy is an instance, and for some the Premier League’s Community Shield is criminally borderline.
But the Supercopa de España and the Supercoppa Italiana really are different breeds. It usually signals the intent for the season, as we saw in Spain, Real Madrid are on a different planet, while in Italy, Lazio…Lazio are showing their worth.
It’s amazing what a hard work out can do for a side. Lazio’s schedule last year was terrible and badly prepped, but this summer has seen them defeat Triestina, SPAL, Bayer Leverkusen and Málaga before getting revenge for the Coppa Italia final with a 3-2 win over the Bonucci-less Juve to lift the 30th edition of the trophy.
There was a lot of talking points once the teams had been announced with Keita Baldé Diao nowhere near the squad, while Lucas Leiva slipped into the role of the recently departed Lucas Biglia and made a massive impact.
It was quite a statement from Mr Inzaghi to start with a 3-5-2 and it paid off when Ciro Immobile opened from the spot on 32 minutes after being toppled by Gianluigi Buffon.
Lazio’s lead and one hand, was definitely on the trophy on 54 minutes as Immobile netted again but it turned into the Paulo Dybala show as he mounted a one man war against Le Aquile.
With Lazio two up and waiting for the whistle, Dybala drove home a freekick on 85 minutes to halve the deficit THEN in injury time converted from 12 yards to give Juve hope.
But remember Lucas Leiva? well he was subbed on 80 minutes for Lazio youth product Alessandro Murgia and the 21-year-old sealed the trophy with a sweet right foot finish right at the death.
It was won in that typical Lazio style fans have seen from last season, look good, get the lead, points in the bag…oh…it’s a draw.
This is the one Lazio got away with for a nice change. It’s the first trophy of the season, Mr Inzaghi’s bouncebackability is there and the squad is looking sharp, although the window closes shortly with an interest in quite a few of their players.
It appears that it’s going to be an exciting season for Laziales but here’s hoping their gaffer realises the Europa League is worth a shot this time around.
Lazio open their Serie A account this Sunday with a home match against SPAL, apart from Atalanta v Roma, which is a 545pm kick off, the rest have to wait until 745pm to get started.