24.01.2014 12:59 - in: Serie A S

    #TacticalTalk: Lazio

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    New manager Edy Reja has chopped and changed his formation in his first three Serie A games in charge as he attempts to find the combination that best suits the side

    Just like Juventus’ most recent league opponents, Sampdoria, Lazio are also undergoing a resurgence under a new manager.

    The Biancocelesti welcomed back Edy Reja on 4 January in the hope of returning to the heights previously reached under his stewardship - he led them to fourth position in the league table in 2011/12 – and they are unbeaten since.

    But with just three league matches under his belt, the boss’ tactical approach seems to currently still be in the experimental stage: Reja has employed a different formation in each game so far.

    The Biancocelesti achieved the 3-2 away win against Udinese in their last match with a 3-4-3 formation, Sergio Floccari, Miroslav Klose and Antonio Candreva forming the attacking trio.

    In the previous 0-0 draw away at Bologna it had been a 4-1-4-1 set-up, and the fixture before that - an excellent 1-0 home win against Inter - Reja lined his men up in a relatively defensive 4-5-1.

    The scorer of the winner against the Nerazzurri was also the man who netted Lazio’s only goal in their 4-1 defeat to Antonio Conte’s men at Juventus Stadium on 31 August: Klose

    The 35-year-old German showed his striker’s instinct to prod past Gigi Buffon that day, and since then he has gone on to become the team’s joint-top goalscorer along with Antonio Candreva on five. He has netted all three of the team’s goals in their last two home games.

    Next behind them with a tally of three is Brazilian playmaker Hernanes. The 28-year-old netted the brilliant final goal in Sunday’s win against Udinese, and the side have never lost in the 31 games he has scored in.

    Elsewhere in the Lazio ranks, Brayan Perea is a young Columbian talent who recently scored a brace to send them through to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, and vice-captain Cristian Ledesma has been a consistent presence in midfield since 2006.

    However, with a draining Europa League away trip to face Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad on the cards in February and a Coppa Italia fixture at Napoli still to be played, it remains to be seen whether Reja will be able to count on enough squad depth to be able to succeed in all competitions. 

    They certainly have spirit, though, as the fact that they became the first team this season to come back from behind with less than 11 men in last weekend ‘s triumph over Udinese shows.

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