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Lazio coach Sarri delighted with victory over Roma: But there's much to improve

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri was delighted with their 3-2 derby win against Roma.

Sarri celebrated at the final whistle by holding up the club mascot, eagle Olympia, to the fans in the Curva Nord.

“She sleeps close to my room at the Formello training ground, so I hear her sometimes," smiled Sarri on DAZN.

“I had the sensation the lads were too blocked by thinking and that stopped them playing. I told them to move more freely, as some of the movements have now sunk in.

“Having said that, let's not get carried away with the concept of freedom. Clearly, within certain zones of the pitch and certain contexts, the players can have freedom to express themselves.

“The trouble is, this is real football, it's not a PlayStation game. Tonight I saw seven or eight situations that I really liked, but we cannot clone one team and make it work elsewhere. This team has its own potential that is still waiting to be expressed.

“I am only disappointed that we played well defensively and still conceded two goals from dead-ball situations.

“We tested out a few situations yesterday for Roma's headers at the near post, and it was not easy, because Veretout put in two or three splendid corners. We struggled a little in those situations."


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