Friday Apr 18, 2014  
     
 
  11/04/2012: A Happy Easter
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It was a wonderful Easter for the fans of Lazio, surpassing an in form Napoli team who are themselves vying for that third and final Champions League place.

After a horrid month as far as points are concerned, not many of the faithful were expecting a result against Napoli considering the recent run in form.

Poor results against the likes of Bologna and Parma recently haven’t left a lot to be desired in the Capital. It was clear the Biancoceleste needed to put in a shift against Napoli, to stand themselves in good stead for a series of tough and upcoming matches.

It was a solid performance from the team, and despite missing key players still such as Andre Dias, Senad Lulic, Matuzalem and Miroslav Klose, the team performed really well against a resolute Napoli team.

Of late the defence has been widely criticised, however it seemed like the back four of Abdoulay Konko, Mobido Diakite, Guiseppe Biava and Stefan Radu had been playing together for years and was as if somebody had found the screwdriver to tighten this defence right up.

Another surprise performer on the night was the controversially selected Antonio Candreva. The young Roman had a wonderful night for Lazio, dazzling all over the pitch and converting a wonderful goal from a tight angle, the 25 year old was the majority of fans man of the match.

Despite a surprisingly good performance and an even more important three points, the fans have to ask; can the team carry on this good form in the closing stages of the season? We have seen on numerous occasions that the Biancoceleste can switch it on against the bigger clubs, but seem to struggle somewhat when it comes to playing teams who naturally, Lazio should beat on paper.

We have seen good performances against Milan, Juve and Udinese so far this season, aswell as Napoli and the two derby victories, but have been caught out by the likes of Genoa, Bologna, Parma and Siena this season.

Against Napoli the team showed what they are capable of, but can the team keep the same mentality when facing the likes of Lecce and Novara in the near future? This has been an annoyance for fans this season.

Edy Reja and his men have to treat every match as if they were playing a provincial club, or it will come back to bite them before the season closes.

Although I am delighted with the victory over Napoli, it does worry me a little as to how the team will go into the coming games. A massive task awaits the Biancoceleste at the Juventus Stadium, but as said before the team seem to switch it up a notch when competing against the more provincial sides on the Peninsula.
It is the matches against the likes of Novara, Lecce, Siena and Atalanta that are approaching that fill me with anxiety. As we have seen already this season, it seems the smaller clubs know what to expect when facing Lazio. They stick to their game plan, hit us early and leave us shell shocked.

With just seven matches remaining of the Serie A campaign, the Biancoceleste cannot afford to go into these matches with nervousness, they need to treat every match like they did against Napoli and play with as much heart as they did that evening. If they do then us fans have nothing to worry about at all, and Champions League football will be Lazio’s once again.

(Ben Lally)
 
 
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