Published On: Tue, Apr 5th, 2016

A tactical reflection on Lazio 1-4 Roma

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Substitutions and Tactical Changes

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With the score at 1-0, the Biancocelesti made two changes before the hour, with Klose and Keita coming on for Matri and Antonio Candreva. Klose played higher up the pitch and put pressure on the defenders whilst Keita added dynamism and forced Florenzi back.

Edin Dzeko came on just a few minutes later for El Shaarawy and very much acted as a spearhead, with Perotti left, Salah right and Nainggolan playing behind. The lack of a centre-forward, which had served Roma so well and terrorised Lazio was now reversed and this substitution seemed to turn the game in the hosts’ favour more than their own changes had.

An injury to Nainggolan forced the Belgian off with Iago Falque coming on as his replacement. This gave Lazio the impetus in midfield and they created a few opportunities; hitting the woodwork twice and forcing a magnificent save from Szczesny.

Ervin Zukanovic was introduced for Salah with 10 minutes to go, to shore up the defence at 2-1. After Florenzi’s strike, the hosts brought on Filip Djordjevic for Cataldi as they went for broke, but their hearts weren’t in it and they conceded a late fourth to a Perotti edge-of-the-box effort.

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