Libor!!By: Pepe | January 19th, 2011
Just a short update for the brothers this evening, but it is an important night tonight.
We bagged the right result this weekend and I’m so glad that Kozák proved me and Tare wrong.
Lazio: Muslera; Lichtsteiner, Dias, Diakité, Scaloni; Brocchi (Gonzalez 77), Ledesma, Hernanes (Foggia 90); Mauri; Floccari (Kozák 77); Zárate
Sampdoria: Curci; Dessena, Volta, Accardi, Ziegler; Koman, Tissone (Poli 68), Palombo, Guberti (Mannini 76); Pazzini, Pozzi (Macheda 71)
Bookings: Lichtsteiner (L), Kozák (L); Dessena (S), Accardi (S), Pazzini (S)
We dominated the game on Sunday without ever really imposing our passing game on the match but we were playing against a team designed to stifle and we were up against a defence which is equal to ours in terms of goals conceded this season. So negativity is not needed, we got the win and there were positives to boot.
Libor Kozák gave us exactly what we needed, when we needed it. Floccari’s form is a topic for another day but when he wasn’t doing it, Libor stepped up in the way a substitute striker needs to. It remains to be seen whether he’s done enough to keep his status but it’s an encouraging sign for this season. Personally I also felt that Diakité was a beast on Sunday, it was the type of performance I’ve been hoping for from him. What I want from him is consistency; let’s hope he can give it to us.
In other news, Giuseppe Sculli is a Lazio player; he will take the number 77 (7+7=14, his preferred number) and he has cost €3.5m which will paid in two instalments. And yes, he is available tonight.
What’s happening tonight then?
There’s not been the same build-up at all as this is a cup match which means that normally there won’t be first elevens out there. But make no mistake, the pride is at stake and by God some revenge for the last derby would be sweet. So let’s hope to see the wolves leaving la Coppa and let the eagle soar. And judging by the predicted teams there will be strong teams on display tonight.
ROMA (4-3-1-2): 27 Julio Sergio; 87 Rosi, 29 N. Burdisso, 5 Mexes, 17 Riise; 16 De Rossi, 30 Simplicio, 20 Perrotta; 94 Menez; 22 Borriello, 9 Vucinic.
Squad: (32 Doni, 77 Cassetti, 25 G. Burdisso, 4 Juan, 23 Greco, 33 Brighi, 8 Adriano) – Ranieri
LAZIO (4-3-1-2): 12 Berni; 2 Lichtsteiner, 3 Dias, 20 Biava, 26 Radu; 32 Brocchi, 24 Ledesma, 15 Gonzalez; 8 Hernanes; 18 Kozak, 10 Zarate.
Squad: (1 Bizzarri, 21 Diakitè, 5 Scaloni, 23 Bresciano, 6 Mauri, 22 Floccari, 77 Sculli) – Reja
Injured: Rocchi, Matuzalém, Garrido
A.S. Roma vs. S.S. Lazio
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