Can Maurizio Sarri rejuvenate Lazio? Of course he can!
When Maurizio Sarri was last seen in Serie A, his triumphs and trophies in Turin were not enough to keep his job at Juventus and he was ruthlessly eliminated after a disappointing Champions League exit.
He did not appear in Germany, England or elsewhere after his departure from Turin; his successor at Juve, like his successors at Chelsea and Napoli, did no better with the legacy sides than Sarri with the same rosters.
Sarri is an excellent coach and his track record since Empoli is proof of that. Yet he’s also quite temperamental, a former banker who chain-smokes in his office if not in the field all the time. Lazio don’t care if he smokes a pack every 90 minutes if he brings them the kind of success other clubs have had under his leadership.
It’s not that SS Lazio don’t have great players, just that they haven’t had a great leader to unify the great pieces. The Roman team hopes that “Sarri-ball” and its creator can overthrow the historic club. And they’re right to hope so even as legendary José Mourinho sits at AS Roma, plotting to do the same for their city rivals.
Lazio and Sarri: A match made in heaven, finally, in the Italian capital
Sarri does not give an outward impression of genius. Its simple, geometric tactics are, in fact, deceptively difficult to apply consistently. Success requires the right kind of player with the right kind of mindset and abilities.
While some systems seem to be able to take a player and make them work, “Sarri-ball” does not work as well without “Sarri-players”. A player learned from an early age to play this way – like Jorginho was – can operate with seemingly little effort in a role that, for someone who hasn’t learned these nuances, would turn out to be. very difficult effect.
Who can be this anchor point at Lazio for Sarri? There’s no Jorginho coming through that gate, and while Lucas has been an effective deep midfielder in front of the defensive line, does he have the technical acumen of the former Italian boss?
Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has played in the center of the park before and has the offensive ability to contribute and make proper passes, just like Luis Alberto. Scoring is not a problem either. In front of them is Italy’s Ciro Immobile, the former Dortmund player and prolific goalscorer who could have more opportunities further away under the new attacking boss.
When given a confident striker like Gonzalo Higuain, this striker posted some remarkable numbers; Immobile is very capable, still at the end of his career at 31, having scored 25 goals in all competitions last season.
While there are some well-known players on the squad, there are two other bright spots to consider. The first is that young players can develop more vital parts of their game through this unique educator, while the second is that Sarri still has a whole summer transfer window to prepare for the season ahead.
I don’t live in Sarri’s brain so I have no idea who he might fancy as the market is huge, but I know he will take full advantage of what he has while also emphasizing young talent. scattered throughout the list. Whoever he gets in the transfer market will be the icing on the cake.
Much like with Carlo Ancelotti at Everton, an experienced manager with a particular style just needs a name or two that can help teach other players in a more natural and organic way. Field coaches, as one might consider them, provide useful advice for the less experienced. So don’t be shocked if a few of these names migrate to the Italian capital (to Lazio as well as Rome).
Maurizio Sarri has yet to be sacked for incompetence at a bigger club. He was fired for failing to meet the massive expectations of Chelsea and Juventus, despite winning trophies. He was fired “because he smokes too much in the office” and “because he is not friendly”. However, among the players who owe their careers to him, his true colors are displayed.
He has been described as fanatic, funny, thoughtful, caring, caring and fatherly. His teaching seems to work best with younger players or with younger teams. He can mold men’s minds to function the way he sees the game, but when players aren’t willing to play the way he wants things get tough.
Lazio have a historic lineage of Italian football, and Maurizio Sarri is able to reimagine and reform that lineage as only he can.
He will need a board of directors that supports him, a team that listens and responds as he needs them, and patience. Like the teams Sarri built in Napoli and Empoli who had the talent and technical ability to continue with different coaches, the abilities and talents of the players he left behind were never in question.
This is precisely what SS Lazio want as well, and with all that is considered, including what the coach has and what he needs, they may well get their wish in the end.