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Sarri approach inspires Alberto

Luis Alberto says Maurizio Sarri's footballing philosophy will help his Lazio side make life "complicated" for anyone they face this season.

The Biancocelesti sit sixth in the embryonic Serie A standings and are 4/1 for a top-four finish, while they are 12/5 to win this weekend's clash at home to champions Inter Milan.

Inzaghi returns to Rome

Saturday's match will see an old face return to the Stadio Olimpico, with Simone Inzaghi - who led Lazio for just over five seasons before departing for the Nerazzurri in the summer - set for his maiden return to the capital.

Sarri was the man drafted in as the 45-year-old's replacement and Alberto has mused over the pair's differing personalities.

While Inzaghi was more friendly in his demeanour, Alberto says his replacement is a sterner character, an approach the former Liverpool man has plenty of time for, especially a preference for always playing front foot football.

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Alberto has captained the side in Ciro Immobile's recent absence and, speaking in an interview with Rivista Undici, was glowing in his admiration for his 62-year-old coach.

The playmaker admits the squad are still growing as a unit under the new man's guidance, but believes their evolution will make them exceptionally tough opponents for whoever they come up against.

Coach styles explained

"Inzaghi was a friend, a father to all of us," Alberto said. "Sarri has a different personality, he's stronger.

"He has a wonderful idea of the game, we saw it at Napoli and Empoli. In my opinion, Lazio will have a lot of fun in two or three months.

"I don't know if we will win anything, but we will certainly have a lot of fun and it will be very complicated for our opponents."

He added: "Our qualities are very similar to his Napoli. In fact, in some respects, I think we are even better."

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