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Why Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio Are Serie A’s Surprise Package This Season

Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio have been almost silent title challengers in the Serie A this season, but since beating both favourites to lift the Scudetto Juventus & Inter Milan, and currently sitting just one point behind Maurizio Sarri’s Juve – Lazio are becoming serious contenders to become the best side in Italian football come May. 

In the 2019/20 season, Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio are chasing down a first Scudetto since the 1999/2000 season where Inzaghi was actually the side’s top scorer in all competitions!

But with the striker now in charge, how does he set up the Eagles?

Lazio attack in a 3-2-5 that allows one of the outside centre backs to step at a time to create a midfield three. With Alberto in the middle line and Milinkovic-Savic in the front five. 

What’s really interesting about Lazio is a few of their players rotate positions.

Specifically in the middle third when Radu plays at left centre back he often makes overlapping runs as the left wing back holds position.

To win a league title you need reliable & consistent, creators and goal scorers in the side. Ciro Immobile & Luis Alberto give you exactly that in the Lazio side. Luis Alberto has racked up an impressive 11 assists in the Serie A this season, whilst Ciro Immobile is comfortably sitting at the top scorer in Italy with 26 goals, and ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan. 

Luis Alberto is a pure playmaker. Alberto tends to avoid getting into the penalty box, instead looking to pull Lazio’s strings from deep. Not only does the Spaniard create three chances per game this season for Lazio but he’s created more chances than any other player in Serie A. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s size allows him to dominate opponents and with a dedicated defensive midfielder, Alberto can keep himself free to play make which is working wonders with no player in Serie A registering more assists this season than the Lazio man.

His assist against Juventus for Milinkovic-Savic highlights their attacking link up.

Lazio with possession on half way with Acerbi. He plays out to Alberto who’s in space in his deeper, playmaking position whilst Savic is in the front five.

So can you see Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio winning the Serie A this season?