Old foes Lazio win ten-in-a-row in Serie A; puts Celtic achievement into context
The achievement of Neil Lennon’s Celtic to beat Lazio back-to-back in the Europa League was thrust into new light this weekend after the Italian side set a new club record.
A Ciro Immobile effort secured a 1-0 win over Napoli on Saturday, meaning that the Rome side notched up their tenth straight Serie A victory, which has never been achieved before in the history of the club.
Although lots of Celtic fans are hardly the biggest fans of Lazio, their success this season does show just what we managed to accomplish by beating them twice and winning a European group they had entered as favourites.
Lennon’s team are one of only two sides to beat them since September.
Along the way they’ve secured wins over heavyweights such as Juventus, propelling themselves to within just four points of league leaders Inter Milan, having played a game less.
There’s now a genuine chance they not only secure Champions League qualification but even win the league title outright for the first time since 2000.
As we know they were no match for Celtic, with the Scottish champions winning 2-1 at Celtic Park, right at the start of their ten-league-game winning run, before doing them 2-1 in Rome as well thanks to a dramatic Olivier Ntcham winner.
Although our own domestic form has taken a knock since those wins, that Lazio are thriving should give the team even more confidence heading into the knockout stages of the Europa League, where we face Copenhagen in the Round of 32.
We face the Danish side in February as they return from a long winter break.
There’s now an expectancy we can deliver a few more glorious European nights this season.