Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi insists they are “proud to be competing on all fronts”, while warning they “don’t want to take risks” with Ciro Immobile.

The Biancocelesti have had a difficult schedule to manage, having played four times in less than two weeks as they remain in the hunt for a top-four finish in Serie A this season along with the Coppa Italia and Europa League.

Speaking ahead of his side’s first leg meeting in their last-32 tie with Sevilla, he insists that the pressure isn’t getting to his players and that they will now relish the challenges ahead.

“My team is as calm as I am,” he said in his Press conference.

“We’re proud of what we did in the first six months. We experienced a difficult period, with some just and unjust criticism.

“We also had some setbacks to important players, but we now have a busy month ahead of us and we’re proud to be competing on all fronts.”

The Italian tactician also offered an update on Immobile ahead of the encounter with Sevilla, with a hamstring injury ruling him out of the last game against Empoli.

“Immobile wants to play,” he added. “He hasn’t yet trained with the team, we don’t want to take any risks. We know the importance of tomorrow, but we have lots of matches to consider.”

Meanwhile, Inzaghi also offered his thoughts on the opposition on Thursday night, and conceded that Lazio will face a dangerous Sevilla side.

“They’re a very technical team. They’re built to play a great style and have a deep squad. They can also change aspects and play football similar to ours, with a 3-5-2. Very technical and quality players, we’ve talked to the team about it,” he concluded.

Football Italia staff