Europa League Salzburg-Lazio
The Olimpico challenge was a further confirmation of the strength of Lazio’s attack, which scored four goals for what was the best defense of the Europa League, a team, Salzburg, unbeaten in 35 games. The goal after just eight minutes of play marked by Lulic has put down the game and highlighted the highest quality of Lazio. But then the Salzburg draw came, for a penalty not certainly evident. Despite a negative refereeing and the continuous pressing of Salzburg, Lazio played well and found again the advantage with a fantastic heel of Parolo. The young manager opponent Rose has confirmed to be very well prepared at a tactical level and able to read the progress of the race. He inserted Minamino to give more dynamism to the attack and was immediately repaid with the equalizer.
At this point Lazio was good not to give up and not to lose patience, continuing to attack head-on despite the forces were lower than in the first half. Just two minutes from Felipe Anderson and Immobile brought the score to 4-2, quite reassuring for the return match.
The latest news on the formations
The great problem of Simone Inzaghi is to deploy a highly competitive training and in good physical shape to resist the Salzburg and at the same time think about the Sunday night derby against Roma, decisive for the fourth place and for the qualification to the next Champions League for which a lot of money is at stake. Without forgetting that then there will be the midweek round against Fiorentina, and that there is to be managed also the situation distrusted, there are seven players at risk disqualification. For example, property in case of a yellow card would then be forced to skip the semi-final round. Simone Inzaghi is tempted to leave his slinger on the bench initially and deploy Caicedo from the start. Who will not be sure of the match is the external Patric, stopped by a muscle problem. In his place there will be one between Lukaku and Lulic, with Basta deployed on the right.
In midfield they are sure of the place Parolo and Lucas Leiva, while the third place will be occupied by one between Luis Alberto and Milinkovic-Savic, with the first of the two favorite. The defense should be composed of Luiz Felipe, Radu and de Vrij. In the door, as always, Strakosha.
The Salzburg coach said in a press conference that he will change his team’s tactical set-up with respect to the first leg, putting the 3-5-2 aside. Possible the use of 4-3-1-2 with the aim to better attack the spaces and to press with the playmaker Schlager and the attackers Dabbur and Gulbrandsen the opposing ball carriers. It will not be for the Samassékou disqualification match. At the same time Salzburg will play with the high defense, adopting the offside tactics. And that’s why Simone Inzaghi hardly give up Immobile, very good attacker to attack the depth by shooting on the offside line.
Simone Inzaghi wants to keep the concentration high and for this reason he will initially send a competitive team to the field without making too much turnover, merely resting his strongest players only in the second half in case of a safe qualification. Starting the game with a team full of second lines could be very dangerous, because the Salzburg technically lower than the first leg has shown to have players ready for anything, running from start to finish and that are very disciplined on the tactical level thanks to job of the Rose coach. Making at least one goal will be important, even if Lazio should be very careful because with a possible 3-1 to qualify would be the opponents. At the derby it will be better to think starting from Friday, also because the Europa League represents another opportunity to qualify for the next Champions League which is always better to keep warm.
The probable formations of Salzburg-Lazio
SALZBURG (4-3-1-2): Walke; Lainer, Ramalho, Caleta-Car, Ulmer; Berisha, Yabo, Haidara; Schlager; Gulbrandsen, Dabbur.
LAZIO (3-5-1-1): Strakosha; Luiz Felipe, de Vrij, Radu; Enough, Parolo, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Lukaku (or Lulic); Felipe Anderson; Building.
Prediction of the Day: 1X + OVER 1.5