Chance to improve: "Locomotive" will accept "Lazio" in the Europa League match

Lokomotiv hosts Lazio in the fifth round of the Europa League group stage

Lokomotiv Moscow footballers will play against Lazio Rome in the fifth round of the Europa League group stage.
The game will take place on Thursday in Moscow and will start at 20:45 Moscow time. Lokomotiv with two points closes the table in Group E. Lazio has five points. The Italians are the main persecutors of the quartet leader, the Turkish Galatasaray (8). In the first round, Lazio was stronger than Lokomotiv at home – 2: 0.

Significant losses

On the eve of the face-to-face meeting, the rivals simultaneously lost in the national championships. Lokomotiv lost to Akhmat Grozny (1: 2), and Lazio lost to Juventus Turin (0: 2). Both teams have losses that can be called significant. The hosts will not be able to count on goalkeeper Marinato Guilherme and midfielder Rifat Zhemaletdinov. However, there is good news for Muscovites.
“I can say that the situation with the application is better than before the last match. Then everything was terrible. Now we have a little more options in terms of composition. As for Fedor Smolov, it is likely that he will be able to play tomorrow. We count on him,” he said. Lokomotiv head coach Markus Gisdol.
At “Lazio” the participation in the match of midfielders Felipe Anderson and Pedro remains in question. The chief scorer of the team, Ciro Immobile, continues to recover.

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Ciro Immobile
“Immobile is fine now. But in the last two weeks he has not trained much due to his injury,” – said the head coach of the Romans, Maurizio Sarri.

Last chance

The game against Lazio is key for Lokomotiv. The defeat will actually deprive the “railroad workers” of chances even for the Conference League. The victory will return the Muscovites to the struggle for access to the spring part of the Europa League.
“To win, we will need to show all the best qualities tomorrow. And victory is very necessary. We cannot flirt, act with a lot of short passes. We trained getting out of defense, getting out of high pressure. We know about this strong side of the opponent. “Lazio” is very strong, with individually cool players. I hope that our ideas can be realized, “- said Gisdol.
Sarri responded by complimenting his colleague, noting that Lokomotiv is progressing with him. “After the change of head coach, Lokomotiv has changed and is showing an excellent game. The match will not be easy, tomorrow both teams will need points,” the coach said.
The match will be served by referee Artur Dias. He will be assisted by assistants Rui Tavares, Paulo Soares, video assistant referee João Pinheiro, video assistant video assistant Tiago Martins, and fourth referee Hugu Miguel. All referees represent Portugal.

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