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  11/05/2012: The Cause of Chaos
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Although there are many reasons for Lazio’s downfall this season, the main reason has been injury problems. Lazio have had the most players absent this term, than any other team on the peninsula. Despite taking criticism, Reja has done his best to try and fit his fringe players into the starting eleven on a weekly basis.

Although it evidently hasn’t worked, it has proved that Lazio do not have enough strength in depth to compete with the top teams in Serie A.

“In a scale of one to 10, the number of accidents we have suffered must be at 10. With an entire squad available we would already have qualified for the Champions League by now” Reja stated in a previous press conference, and he is right. But is the Coach partly to blame for the ongoing casualties?

It has been rumoured and in some cases proven that Reja has rushed players back from injury too quickly, and therefore have found themselves sidelined for longer periods. But we cannot say that Reja is to blame for every absentee, surely the tactician would love to have all of his players ready for action, we can only hope he has learnt from his mistakes.

Whether Reja stays or the club opt for a new coach this summer, it is clear that the team is crying out for added strength. Lazio have been linked with numerous players so far, but it is down to the club President Claudio Lotito to do something about this. Most of Lazio’s squad are the wrong side of 30 now and the team will soon be in urgent need of an overhaul.

Many fans will say that Lazio didn’t care enough for the Europa League this term, hence why we were put aside with ease by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. However, we haven’t got a big enough, strong enough, or fit enough squad to compete in two competitions and be successful.

Everybody involved with Lazio knows this is the cause of poor form, and the tactician can only do so much with the squad he has. It is obvious that if the players that have been absent from the squad were at Reja’s disposal throughout the campaign, the Aquile would certainly have taken a few more points than they should of done this term, meaning Lazio would have wrapped up third place long ago, instead still being embroiled in this battle.

The Biancocelesti’s leading goal-scorer before Christmas was summer signing Miroslav Klose. The German International soon found himself on the sidelines for a long period after Christmas, and as the club sold Giuseppe Sculli and Djibril Cisse to Genoa and QPR respectively, this left a huge void to fill in attack.

The tactician’s reluctance to use either of our young strikers, Libor Kozak and Emiliano Alfaro has left questions to be answered regarding Reja’s striking choices. I have been thoroughly disappointed to see veteran Tomasso Rocchi as a lone striker in many of the matches this year.

The result of Tomasso Rocchi being alone in attack has required the veteran to put in a double shift every time he has played, and at the age of 34 the club legend is no spring chicken. To my own dismay, I cannot understand why Reja didn’t use the option of two in attack more often, allowing Rocchi more space and less reliability to work so hard.

The fans now hope that as key players start to arrive at full fitness, they can wave goodbye to their terrible form of 2012. On Sunday against Atalanta, it was the Biacocelesti’s last chance to put themselves back in the hunt for third place. They welcomed back Senad Lulic and Miroslav Klose into the fold, and their influence must have made an impact on and off the pitch as Lazio looked more than comfortable with the ball, a rarity from recent performances. As Napoli lost in Bologna, Lazio surprisingly find themselves still in with a chance of Champions League football next season. However, it is out of their hands.

(Ben Lally)
 
 
  Comments
 
 
Szymon 5/11/2012 9:22:36 PM
This article seems very good. I share the point of view that our team needs additional palyers of high caliber in order to compete with teams such as Juventus, Milan, and so on. In addition, I would like to say that President Lotito as well as Igli Tare are also responsable for the bad campaign of Lazio during the second-half of the Seriea A. In my opinion, they conducted a poor mercato during the winter. They did not manage to bring players that would contribute to our team. Nonetheless, I would like to highlight that Candreva played well during this campaign. I hope, though, that Lazio will be able to attract players during the summer mercato. I hope that our club will transfer players that will enable us to qualify for the Champions League next year or win the Europa League (I have huge doubts that will reach the third place this year).
 
Galuh Trianingsih Lazuardi 5/11/2012 9:22:50 PM
What you wrote is more the symptoms than problems. The real problems are in the management, not on the pitch. The chaotic situation is just a consequence of terrible club management. Under the circumstances, it's the best Reja and the players could do.
 
 
 
 
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