Ciro aims for the record of Piola and the fourth scorer. Tammy wants to be decisive and Totti exalts him: “Formidable, a top purchase”
Sometimes fragments of memories are enough to bring us back. The sky above the Olimpico, tonight, will not have that blue tone that loomed on the roof of Wembley last July 11, but somehow it will still be Italy-England. The face of the goal of Rome and Lazio, in fact, will be that of Ciro Immobile and Tammy Abraham, the present of Roberto Mancini’s national team against the future of that of Gareth Southgate.
And if at 31 the Biancoceleste striker begins to have the stigmata of a noble father of Italian football, also thanks to the title of European champion won on the night in London, the 23 springs tell even more hopes than goals for the Giallorossi striker . His 6 appearances (with one goal) in the English selection are still far from his colleague’s 54 (with 15 goals), but his future seems to be mapped out. Precisely for this reason, by renewing the Wembley duel, it will be a guaranteed spectacle.
For the Lazio center forward, however, there is not only the distance challenge with the English striker. Ciro, in his first derby as an “official” captain (he has already worn the armband in the derby, but because Lulic was absent) has a couple of historical club records in his sights. One concerns the goals in the derby, the other the total number of goals in biancoceleste. For both he has the opportunity to unseat an absolute icon of Italian football like Silvio Piola. The 1938 world champion is still the Lazio player who has scored the most goals in derbies (7).
Immobile has built 6, so he lacks one to match King Silvio. He has to do three, instead, to reach Piola himself at the top of the all-time scorers list of the biancoceleste team. Immobile scored 156 goals against 159 for the 1930s champion. The countdown to overtaking has already begun. It is unlikely that it will wear out today, but the goal is still close. Instead, just one goal for Ciro is enough to reach Piola on the throne of Lazio super-bomber in the derby. And he always misses one for another special goal, that of 100 goals at the Olimpico.
He has signed the 99 made so far with Lazio (95), Turin (2) and Nazionale (2). In this championship he started very well: he scored 6 goals in the first 5 days, a figure that allows him to lead the Serie A top scorer, which aims to win for the fourth time. But tonight he wants above all to help Lazio overcome the first delicate moment of the season. So far, the Biancocelesti’s September has been black (2 defeats and 2 draws between league and cup). And, in addition to the results, there has been an involution in the game as well. That Immobile, as a captain with his head on his shoulders, did not hesitate to underline: “It is as if we have lost our enthusiasm. In the derby we can redeem ourselves. But this conviction must be born within us.” He will try to set a good example.
On the Giallorossi side, the conquest of the hearts of the fans by Tammy – paid 40 million – is taking place not only with goals, like last Thursday’s decisive one against Udinese, but also with gestures. Like trying to sing the pre-match anthem, which seduced people. “It’s a fantastic song, I’ll sing it next time too. Since I arrived they have all made me feel like family and I’m happy to show my passion, love for the club, and I want to give my best to show all this. . I hope I can help do something special with my goals and performances. We need to have the fans on our side, especially in the derby. They never stop talking to me, so I’m ready and I’m ready. comrades. I can’t wait, because the atmosphere will be fantastic “.
With these premises, it is not surprising that even Francesco Totti, the captain of all time and forever, blesses him: “When players of this level arrive – he tells the Serie A League site – everyone thinks they can be the men-derby. The Englishman is a formidable player. He was a top signing, because he is a boy who is very predisposed to make a contribution to the team. In the square in Rome a player like him, who already shows attachment, becomes fundamental. ” Especially for someone who faces the first derby with the wind of youth. Will it be enough to weigh down the dreams of Cyrus the Great? After all, Italy-England will be this too.
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