Manchester United’s potential Champions League play-off opponents: Lazio factfile

by Sam Peoples

Lazio enjoyed an impressive season in 2014/15 and achieved their highest league finish in eight years, as well as reaching the Coppa Italia final.

They finished the campaign without any silverware but Lazio still secured Champions League football by finishing third and ran Juventus close in the cup final.

Stefano Pioli’s side did not begin the season in great form, though. Similarly to Manchester United, they won just one of their first four league matches but were able to comfortably come through a cup tie against lower league opposition (unlike Louis van Gaal’s men).

They pushed on from that disappointing start though and scored in all of their next seven league matches, of which they won five.

Consistency became a problem though as they won just four of their next ten league games but progressed further in the Coppa Italia.

The foundation of their season was ultimately built upon an amazing run of form between mid February and April. They won eight consecutive matches in Serie A and triumphed in a two legged Coppa Italia tie against Napoli.

They could afford to slip off the pace slightly towards the end of the campaign having ultimately done enough beforehand to finish in third place.

A relatively poor run of form in their final eight league matches coincided with their cup final loss to Juventus, though it was overall a highly successful campaign for Lazio.

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