WATCH: Lazio Manager Celebrates With Bald Eagle After Beating Jose Mourinho

Published 09/27/2021, 12:45 PM EDT


It was Derby day, on the weekend, in both North London and in Italy. Notably, while favorites Arsenal thrashed Tottenham Hotspur by three goals to one, two Italian giants locked horns in a much more intense battle. Arch-rivals Lazio and Roma met in an enticing clash called The Derby della Capitale, one of the most fierce battles in world soccer. The meeting also saw two heavyweights of the footballing community, Maurizio Sarri, and Jose Mourinho go head-to-head.

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The game ended on a high as Lazio won the match with a score of 3-2 against Jose Mourinho’s elite. The result sparked wild celebrations all around the stadium, with Maurizio Sarri taking the spotlight, holding the club’s mascot Olympia and marching on the field.

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Maurizio Sarri loves Olympia

Sarri walked over to the pitch and took up Lazio’s club mascot- Olympia, a beautiful bald eagle who rested on his hand. The fans cheered in joy as Sarri held the eagle aloft to pose in front of the crowd. Sarri-ball was in full effect at Stadio Olimpico as Lazio had the final bragging rights.

The manager spoke in excitement about the team’s victory and confessed his love for Olympia.

“Olympia sleeps close to my room at the Formello training ground, so I hear her sometimes,” said Sarri. Needless to say, the game was a tightly contested affair between two of the best teams in Italy.

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Jose Mourinho would be gutted

Significantly, the game ended with a sensational victory by Lazio as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Pedro, and Felipe Anderson scored a goal each. Even though Roger Ibanez and Jordan Veretout clawed their side back into the game, Roma could not add more points after their great start in Serie A. Maurizio spoke how the match went everything according to plan while loving the game from a neutral point of view.

“I will admit, it was emotionally one of the most exhilarating matches of my career.”

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Regardless of Jose Mourinho’s brilliant start to his Roma career, Sarri outclassed him tactically. With one-touch attacking football, Lazio hurt Roma in spaces and their passing looked crisp. Despite Ciro Immobile not getting on the scoresheet, he provided an excellent assist for the third goal. The Italian League looks tight this season with Napoli leading the way after six games. Roma is placed fourth, while Lazio lingers in the sixth position.

Finally, Sarri’s idea seems to be coming through to his players. With excellent attacking football being played, Lazio is dangerous. However, only time will tell whether they can finally end their title drought.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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