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Lazio snapped their losing streak on the road and romped Udinese to a 3-0 defeat. Italy international Ciro Immobile scored twice in the contest.

The Biancoceleste made a bold statement by signing Ciro Immobile this summer. The forward flopped twice abroad for both Dortmund and Sevilla but had also performed well in Serie A. During his two spells with Torino, Immobile scored 28 goals in 48 matches, by far his best ratio at any club.

Simone Inzaghi allows Immobile to play the way he wants to, and that’s by giving him the freedom to roam and chase down defenders. His playing style is similar to a pitbull, constantly biting at defenders’ heels and not the other way around. The two following diagrams illustrate this clearly.

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His first goal was scored via a header off a corner. His positioning in the box allowed him to capitalize on a mistake by Udinese through failing to clear the ball.

On his second, Immobile raced in from the flank and collected a deflected pass. He calmly slotted the ball past Karnezis and gave Lazio the 3-0 advantage.

His finishing ability is improving, which is something that had been lacking since his Capocannoniere season in 2013/14. From the first 7 games, he now has 4 goals, meaning he’s on tack to score more than 20 times this season.

For Lazio, and perhaps for Italy, it’s crucial that he continues this way and continues to harass defenses into mistakes and capitalizing on them.

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