He has been coaching for almost five years now and while he has done a remarkable job with a club that was in decline, Simone Inzaghi doesn’t seem to get the credit he deserves for what he has done throughout the years. And he still keeps going strong, even to this day. So, how good is Simone Inzaghi?
For a lover of Italian football over his thirties, Lazio is a special club. Veron, Crespo, Nesta, Stankovic, Nedved… so many quality players have worn this shirt and they have been key players in this club’s history. But the last fifteen years, due to financial crisis and a lot mismanagement, Lazio fell in disarray and the once Serie A champions were now wandering in midtable.
So when Simone Inzaghi, a former player of the club and, at the time, manager of the academy, was given the chance to coach the senior team in 2016, there was little to no expectations. Just another manager that was going to be eaten alive by the ruthlessness of football and spit out after a poor streak of results. Well, it hasn’t gone that way. Not even close. Simone Inzaghi injected new life into the club and managed to turn Lazio once again in one of the most competitive teams in Serie A, even bringing the team back to the Champions League at the expenses of bigger football clubs.
Not only in terms of results, but also in playing style and in getting the most out of his players Simone Inzaghi accomplished so far a remarkable job at Lazio. Footballers like Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto or Lucas Leiva have enjoyed some of the best football of their careers, finding a home in Rome and getting backed by a manager that is working on a limited budget against some of Europe’s strongest teams. Despite having won a Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana, Simone Inzaghi is still a young manager and he is very likely going to improve in the coming years. And maybe big clubs commence to be interested and more curious about this underrated and skillful manager.