Brazilian international Lucas Leiva was part of the Lazio squad that secured a late win in a tricky league game at Hellas Verona to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva rose to national team prominence when he captained the Brazilian u-20 team to win the 2007 edition of the South American Youth tournament. Lucas Leiva scored four goals during the team and was in line to lead his country to the 2007 FIFA u-20 World Cup in Canada until injury forced him to pull out of the squad. The ex-Liverpool defensive midfielder was named in the Brazilian squad for the first time ahead of the friendlies against Al-Kuwait FC of Kuwait and Ecuador in October 2006 as one of the two non-Europe based players.
Lazio are back to winning ways after a poor run of three defeats in all competitions following the 3-2 win at home to bottom club Crotone on Friday night. The Italian capital club had suffered two league defeats and one Champions League losson the bounce before the Crotone game, which ended in a five-goal salvo. Lazio were able to end on the right side of the thriller to claim three valuable points in their chase for a place in the Champions League next season.
Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva was in the starting XI as the Italian capital club returned to winning ways in the league after the defeat to Inter Milan in their penultimate league game. Lucas Leiva was a regular feature in the Lazio starting XI as they went on a run of six straight wins in the Italian Serie A to boost their hopes of securing a place in the Champions League next season. The target for Lazio and manager Simone Inzaghi is a Champions League spot at least having tasted Champions League football for the first time in many years this season.
While Lucas Leiva may not immediately strike to mind as a world-class player, there is no doing in the fact that he was always a great player on his day. Leiva was a very important player for Liverpool and cemented himself in the starting XI after initially being signed to play a bit-part role in the squad. His performances did not go unnoticed and he has now been recognized as the 14h best Brazilian player to play in England's topflight.
Leiva was the holder of the record of the Brazilian player with the most appearances in Premier League history but his record has now been broken as Arsenal winger Willian is now the Brazilian player with the most appearances. Willian joined Arsenal from Chelsea last summer and did so by rejecting several offers he had from clubs across Europe in a bid to remain in England.
Arsenal winger Willian has extended his Premier League record over Lucas Leivaas regards the most appearances made by Brazilians after he made an appearance off the bench during the home game with Manchester United to take his tally to 250 appearances in the competition. Lucas Leiva is no longer a Premier League player after he left Liverpool to join Lazio in the Italian Serie A.
Lucas Leiva made 247 appearances for Liverpool in the English top flight before he made the move to Italy. Willianequalled his record in the recent thumping win over struggling West Bromaway from home. The Gunners were able to beat West Brom 4-0 to take their winning run to three games in the league.
Lazio have a lot of catching up to do on the Italian Serie A table if the capital club wants to secure a spot in the Champions League or the Europa League next season. The capital club has not been consistent in the league this season unlike the last campaign when they were in the conversation for the Scudetto. They pushed champions Juventus all the way in the title race up until the league was suspended in March 2020.
On the resumption of the league, Lazio could not reprise the form shown before the lockdown and they ended up in fourth position at the end of the season. Lazio have continued that post-lockdown form into this season and there are seven better teams as things stand on the table.
Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva is in line to start the Genoa game in the Italian Serie A this weekend. This is according to recent publication from the stables of Italian media outlet La Lazio SiamoNoi. It was revealed that Lucas Leiva and Francesco Acerbi will start against Genoa after their availability was confirmed during Lazio's training session on Wednesday. Lazio will play Genoa in their first league game of the new year this weekend and the duo of Francesco Acerbi and Lucas Leiva are expected to take their place in the Lazio starting line-up for the game as Lazio attempt to close the gap on the leading pack in the Italian top flight this season.
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva and Italian defender Francesco Acerbi had both been struggling with muscle injuries but they have recovered to take their place in the Lazio squad for the Genoa game in what's some sort of good news for Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi who would be without a lot of his players for the first game of the year. The trio of Marco Parolo, Mohamed Fares and Joaquin Correa were all missing in the Lazio training on Wednesday as they continue to recuperate from their respective injuries.
Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva is thrilled to be part of the team that made Champions League history on Tuesday night following their Group F meeting with Belgian team Club Brugge. The game was the final one in their group and Lazio needed at least a draw to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. In the end, they got the draw they needed at home to the Belgians after a 2-2 draw with the opposition who finished the game with a man down.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva expressed his delight at the Champions League feat achieved by his team during his post-match reaction to the Club Brugge match. His post-match comments were revealed by Italian outlet La Lazio SiamoNoi. According to him, the feat of Lazio qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in 20 years is a medal for the current squad.
Lazio were not at their best during the Champions League home game with 10-man Club Brugge but they were still able to get the result needed. Club Brugge had Eduard Sobol sent off towards the end of the first half after two yellow cards. Ukrainian defender Sobol is on loan at Club Brugge from Shakthar Donetsk FC of Ukraine. At that point, Lazio were 2-1 ahead of their opponents. Lazio took the lead through Joaquin Correa on 12 minutes before Dutch midfielder Ruud Vormerequalised for Club Brugge three minutes down the line.
Merseyside outfit Liverpool Football Club have decided to part ways with their old-time training ground Melwood ahead of a switch to Kirkby, their new facility.