Lazio coach Sarri: Anderson winner was planned

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri was delighted with Felipe Anderson’s winner against Roma.

Anderson struck after Pedro’s pressure saw Roma defender Roger Ibanez cough up possession.

“All that mattered today was making our fans happy,” Sarri told DAZN.

“We will think about the rest later, but that was the objective this evening. It is one of the most keenly-felt derbies in the world. For example, in London there’s nowhere near this sort of passion and emotional participation. It is not a normal match and perhaps we paid for that this week.”

Sarri added on the goal: “This is how we had prepared it, trying to press the defenders on the centre-right and left, attacking them with our wide forwards.

“It wasn’t the most beautiful match, but it did drain physical and mental energy. The two centre-backs did well, especially dealing with high balls in the final stages.

“It is satisfying to see the lads play with such heart, more than tactical organisation.”