AZ faces ‘tough opponent’ in last 16 Conference League with Lazio
AZ has been paired with Italy’s Lazio, the current number five in Serie A, in the draw for the Conference League eighth finals.
“It’s a tough opponent, although I don’t know if it was the toughest opponent,” AZ coach Pascal Jansen commented on the draw.
“But it’s a nice draw. I’m looking forward to it. I remember that Feyenoord had a very difficult time there,” Jansen is referring to the Rotterdammers’ Europa League group matches with Lazio earlier this season.
Feyenoord lost 4-2 in Rome and later won 1-0 at home. AZ had not previously played against Lazio in a European context.
A third-place finish in the group meant Lazio had to advance to the intermediate round of the Conference League, where the Italians narrowly beat Romanian Cluj with a 1-0 home win and 0-0 away. Maurizio Sarri is coach of the team and 33-year-old Ciro Immobile the captain and top marksman.