Discussion in 'TFL: League 1 Red' started by PAgamer07, Oct 6, 2011.
S.S. Lazio will enter season 1, the League 1: Red Division. The table is stacked with quality squads, including rivals Napoli and Roma. Two very good squads with managers who have had success in their past. Only time will tell how well "The Eagles" do in their first season, but expect a fundamentally sound squad from front to back.
FW Tomasso Rocchi- The team's captain will unforunately not see much playing time this season, as Lazio will employ a modified 4-4-2 to capitalize on their strong back line and midfield. Rocchi will start on occasion, but will mostly be used off the bench.
MF Stefano Mauri- Mauri is the team's vice captain, and will start as LAM. Excellent ball control skills, crossing ability, and a knack for finding the goal he is a perfect fit for this formation. Expect many assists out of Mauri this year.
FW Djibril Cisse- Cisse will play as the team's RW. The former frenchman is easily one of the most technical players on the pitch. Outstanding dribbling abilities combined with blazing speed make him an early candidate for player of the year. He knows how to finish as well and at 30 years old, can be considered in his prime.
FW Miroslav Klose- The former German Star (Werder Bremmen and Bayern Munich) is one of the most talented strikers in League 1. He has great size, aerial skills and strength. He will receive lots of balls from Mauri and MF Hernanes.
MF Hernanes- The straw that stirs the drink. The brazilian born player will be a star here in League 1. An outstanding free kick taker combined with wonderful passing and ball handling skills make him a man that needs to be watched closely at all times. There is nothing Hernanes can't do, and is equally competent as an attacker. He will start the season as our CAM.
Week 1 Matchday 1
Assists- Stephan Mauri x 3
Assists- Hamsik x 1
Man of the Match: Stephan Mauri
Final Score: Lazio 4, Napoli 2
"Le Aquile" would start of the season with a thrilling victory at home in front of a sold out Stadio Olympico. The game would start ominously enough as Napoli would score first with a beautiful "Le Pocho" header from a well timed cross. Lazio was unable to score at all during the first half, and went in at half-time to a few jeers from the home crowd. Coach PA Gamer would challenge his squad. They could not lose their first match of the season, and certainly not at home.
The 2nd half was all Lazio. As Hernanes would tie the game just 5 minutes in on a quick strike which was setup by a wonderful Stephan Mauri pass. Mauri would be named man of the match with 3 assists on the day.
Just 7 minutes later, Lazio would take the lead for good with a beautiful lob pass into the box from Mauri. Hernandes would have no trouble putting this one in goal.
Djibril Cisse would get into the action in the 63rd minute, as the squad finally found it's rhythym. There was no assist necessary as with skillful dribbling, he would punch one into the net past a suddenly deflated Napoli Keeper.
Napoli's defense would stiffen and keep Lazio out of the goal for the next 20 minutes. With beautiful passing and solid defense, they would score their 2nd goal of the match on a wonderful header off of a rebound by Marek Hamsik. Coach PA Gamer was not impressed.
Djibril Cisse would score a final goal which was setup by Mauri's 3rd assist of the day. This one, a beautiful cross over the box to the far post. Cisse would miss the first shot, but recover the rebound and punch it in.
The team was flat in the first half. Im not sure what was going on, but nobody was making runs, and we really didnt have any good looks. The first Napoli goal was a beauty, and a sign of things to come perhaps. It seems my defenders are forgetting how to get a head on the ball. The second half the team played inspired and scored 3 quick goals before once again giving up a header. This time on the rebound. Well played game abolishthefed. Also of concern was the fact that Napoli dominated possession. We were unable to get the ball away from them! It was a lucky, lucky win.
Shots on Target:
Marchetti- 8 saves
Week 1 Matchday 2
Week 1 (Matchday 2)
Lazio 2 - 3 Lyon
D. Cisse (1)
L. Cana (1)
D. Lovren (19')
B. Gomis (59')
L. Lopez (88')
Michel Bastos (1)
K. Kallstrom (1)
Man of Match: Michel Bastos (9.40)
This week the luck ran out for the squad as they faced a much more difficult opponent. OM would strike quickly, this team on a corner by Dejan Lovren who would be basically unmarked in the box. This would be all of the scoring in the first half, and for the 2nd straight week the club would be behind 1-0. But this time it was on the road.
The 2nd half would start ominously as Lomis would score on a beautiful strike, following a piss-poor pass by Ledesma, which would quickly send him to the bench. On would come Brocchi who played a bit better, but really was rarely around the ball.
Finally in the 65th minute we would go on the board with a wonderfully lucky shot by Hernanes. His 3rd of the season.
That would be all of the scoring until the 85th minute, and once again Hernanes would strike again. This time to tie the match at 2.
But the lead was short lived as lisandro Lopez would showcase his skills and split the defense, and put Lyon ahead for good.
Although we played much better in terms of posession (52%), we gave up way too many shots. Once again beaten on a header, and nearly a few more. We were unable to contain the talented forwards from Lyon and we will need to work harder. Im proud of my guys for fighting back that late in the game, but heartbroken that we lost in the 88th minute. A draw would have been a fantastic result here, but it was not to be.
Hernanes is in top form and has scored 4 goals in only 2 matches. Stephan Mauri was non-existant this game, and that could have something to do with the poor performance. He would not get much space all game. Cisse and Klose were both shutdown, and more importantly Klose has yet to score.
(Sub) Brocchi 5.3
(Subbed out) Ledesma 5.6
Shots on Target:
Week 2 Matchday 3
Assists- Mauri X 1
Man of Match: Marchetti (Clean Sheet)
Final Score: Lazio 1, Valencia 0
What a tough contest this was. We thought it would be a very easy fixture, as right from the start we generated several scoring opportunities. The Valencia keeper played a great game and kept out several beautiful opportunities. We controlled possession easily the entire game, but really had trouble putting the ball in the goal.
Our only goal was scored by Djibril Cisse in the 38th minute from a fantastic corner kick by Stephan Mauri.
After this goal, both defenses tightened up. We really had trouble moving the ball up the pitch after this, as the Valencia forwards and midfielders pressured the ball in our own half. It made it a bit hairy at times with some interceptions, but the defense held strong. Although we allowed several crosses to Hernandez as well as 2 corner kicks, outside of 1 really good chance we played these balls much better.
Although I am happy with the result, with 16 shots and 57% posession we need to generate more scoring opportunities. We dont want to make a formation sub yet, but its on the horizon. The best part of this match, is that once again Marchetti has a clean sheet, giving him 2 on the year.
Subbed out Cana - 6.30
Shots on Target:
Marchetti- 7 saves
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Week 2 (Matchday Four)
Djibril Cisse (53')
Assists- Ledesma X 1
N. Burdisso (43')
Man of the Match: Christian Ledesma
Final Score: Lazio 1, Roma 0
This was the Lazio defense Ive been expecting to see this year after our friendly campaign resulted in some great defensive performances. The first 2 matches of the new year, we allowed too many goal. This time it all came together as nearly every Defender ended the match with a 7+ match rating. Christian Daniel Ledesma was the key today though, as he intercepted pass, after pass, after pass. He had great challenges and really controlled his side of the field. We had actually considered moving to a more traditional 4-1-3-2 formation, with Ledesma more in an attack role. The team has been working on this formation for awhile, but when it came time to roll the dice, we fell back into our more comfortable 4-2-1-1-2.
In any event, the first Rome Derby was a thrilling contest. Both defenses and Keepers played solidly. The fans seemed split down the middle today, and it was a festive atmosphere. We had several good chances, the first of which was a very close Free kick goal by red-hot Hernanes.
The game was back and forth throughout the day, with each side creating chances, but none very good. Defenders blocked passing and shooting lanes all day. In the end, the deciding goal was by Cisse on a wonderful finesse shot in the 53rd minute.
Also of note, we did not get burned on any headers today, and didnt trail at the half. Although it was tied at 0.
Shots on Target:
Marchetti- 2 Saves
Ledesman- 6/16 tackles, 12/14 dribbles, 15/16 passes
Thanks. Yes its a pain, but at least it can be done.
Another Clean sheet for Marchetti this week.
Tradition Cup (Round 1)
Our first Cup event this season, and it was an absolute marathon. Although the first match took place in the rain, the fans were ecstatic. The whole team thought they would see something special as in the 9th minute Hernanes booted home the first goal of the day for a quick 1-0 lead. Unfortunately the lead would be short lived, as just 8 minutes later Lisandro Lopez would hit his first of 2 shots. The first was set up by some horrible passing once again in my own half. The team was immediately deflated. We were hoping to hold onto the lead, and would have been happy taking this one to late in the 2nd half holding on.
The match would remain tied until late in the 2nd half when Lopez again punched one into the net, this one was at least a 30 yard strike. Marchetti watched as it went past his head, and that was it. The team fought and clawed and finally, in the 90th minute Hernanes would once again come through for us. Scoring the tieing goal. It seemed like forever until the French officials blew the whistle, and OL generated another chance but thankfully Marchetti made another great save. He was named Man of the Match with a 9.5 match rating.
Match #2 would be all OL. After a short flight to France, the team just did not seem like themselves. Defensively Lazio played attrociously. And on offense? No one could find the goal. We would have 23 shots on the day, and only 1 would go in. That was on a Cisse penalty. Not much to write about in this one as we get stomped and pack our bags before we even get started.
A disappointment, but we still have League 1 Red to look forward to.
Week 3 Matchday 5
Week 3 Matchday 6
Week 4 Matchday 7
LazioCisse (34')HernaneKlose (50')KonkoKozak (57')CisseKozak (66')Hernanes
Man of Match: Stefan Radu (Lazio)
Final Score: Lazio 4, Juventus 0This game was certainly closer than it appeared. Lazio struggled to get through the Juventus defense and Buffon until the 34th minute. The entire game Cisse had a lot of space, and really set up 2 beautiful goals. At the halfway point, Klose and Cana were subbed out for Brocchi and Kozak, who both played effectively. Not much to write about in this one really. We dominated possession, and had the edge in shots. Juventus was solid in the air, which gave us some trouble, but thankfully Marchetti played solid.VideoVideoVideoVideo
10:shots on target:6
1:Corners:2Player Ratings:Kozak 7.6Cisse 9.3Hernanes 9.2Mauri 7.4Brocchi 6.6Ledesma 7.1Radu 9.8Dias 7.2Biava 7.8Konko 7.3Subs:Cana 7.20Klose 6.60Shots on Target:Kozak 2/3Cisse 4/7Hernanes 2/3Dias 0/1Marchetti- 6 saves
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