Lazio opened their European account with a stunning 4-2 victory over Feyenoord who reached last year’s conference league final in the UEFA Europa League. Matias Vecino, one of Bosman’s Lazio signings – along with Alessio Romagnoli – provided the Man of the Match performance with two goals and an assist.
Vicino has spoken (via FC Inter 1908) regarding his exclusion from Simone Inzaghi’s plans for the previous and current season, forcing him to leave Inter on a free transfer.
“What has been missing in the last two years? In Antonio Conte’s last campaign, I was out for seven or eight months, when you come back, it’s normal to miss something, then the team that was fighting for the top spots and it was hard for me to find space. I played the last few games, then went to the national team and had a good Copa America. I stayed last year because of the decision of Inzaghi who wanted me. He told me I was going to be an important player, and then in the end none of that happened.”
Vecino praised his current coach, Maurizio Sarri, for restoring his confidence.
“Definitely when you have the coach’s trust it makes everything easier, it makes you feel important, it gives you the opportunity to get the conditioning and the rhythm back, which is what I needed.”
The Uruguayan went on to praise the veteran player and mention his yearning for success.
“I think I showed it in recent years when I starred with the national team, where I played almost all the time. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to do that lately at Inter. Now I think I have all the potential to do it, I feel good physically and mentally, I have a lot Of desire and hunger. I repeat, having a coach who values me, as now, is very important to me.”
The 31-year-old is slowly being introduced to Biancocelesti First team by Sarri, mostly due to the lack of playing time in recent seasons. His show against Feyenoord was his best so far.