A tactical reflection on Lazio 1-4 Roma
Lazio lined up with a 4-3-3 but it quickly became apparent this would act as a 4-5-1 with no intention of controlling the play. The man up top, Alessandro Matri, played rather deep with only Danilo Cataldi looking to run beyond the front-man. Felipe Anderson started loosely on the right before drifting around in an effort to see more of the ball.
The team-sheet suggested Roma were going to utilise Diego Perotti as a false 9 which has worked so well for Luciano Spalletti in recent weeks. The Argentine played very deep with the wingers El Shaarway and Mohamed Salah playing in slightly narrower roles.
The full-backs Florenzi and, especially, Lucas Digne played high up the pitch to create the necessary width. There was a clear ploy to overload the right side of Lazio, with Digne, Perotti and El Shaarawy all drifting out there to set up attacks. The lack of a recognised striker really caused problems for Lazio’s centre-backs as they found themselves with no-one to mark.