Simone Inzaghi uses Celtic manager's trick as Lazio beat AC Milan

By David Walton

November 4, 2019

Simone Inzaghi appears to have done a Neil Lennon as his side took a priceless win from the San Siro last night.

Lazio’s 2-1 success in Milan came courtesy of goals from Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa. Both of those men represent Lazio’s first-choice strike partnership, and they came up big for their manager last night.

However, before the contest, Inzaghi was questioning whether they were fit enough to play last night as well as be ready to host Celtic on Thursday night (Scottish Sun).

Ciro Immobile scored his 100th goal for Lazio last night (Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

But come kick-off, both men were lining up to take on Milan. Immobile lasted the majority of the game whilst Correa managed to play the full 90 minutes.

Neil Lennon, meanwhile, did something similar with Scott Brown last week. He tried to insist that the player was doubtful to face Hibs, before revealing that there was never any doubt he was going to play (Celtic TV). Given the sharpness of Immobile and Correa last night, similar could likely be said of Inzaghi.

Immobile will surely start on Thursday – Lazio with everything to lose

Immobile now surely has to be the favourite to start up top for Lazio with Correa in behind. The duo work tremendously well together, and continue to be Lazio’s top strike-force.

Inzaghi needs to peg us back for our Parkhead win (Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

The Serie A heavyweights haven’t done themselves justice in the Europa League so far this season. They have just three points to their name, and even if they beat Celtic, they will still remain a point behind us. Inzaghi needs to throw everything at this if he’s to retrieve the group.

Immobile will come into this match fresh off of his 100th goal for Inzaghi’s side too. He’ll be flying, and will also be determined to right some wrongs after fluffing his lines at Celtic Park.

But even though Inzaghi hinted that he could’ve rotate his squad last night, the big hitters all played. As well as the strike pair, their top assist-maker Luis Alberto started the contest. Midfield talent Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was another to play the majority of the game.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic’s goalscoring form has been frightening this season  (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hopefully, there are fatigue issues when they host us on Thursday night. It’s difficult to bank on of course given they’ll likely be itching to make us pay for turning them over two weeks ago.

Lazio come into Thursday night on such an incredible high after this result. But so do Celtic, and our goalscoring form of 19 in five games shows we know where the net is, regardless of what country it’s in.