After the thrilling fixture against Genoa , Lazio return to play at the Olimpico. The opponent on match week 26th of Serie A is Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna , currently tenth in the standings, with 34 points. An important challenge if Lazio are going to maintain pressure at the top, especially considering the big fixture between Juventus and Inter is also scheduled.
However for one player the fixture against Bologna will hold a very special place in their heart, striker Felipe Caicedo will secure his 100th appearance for Lazio if he takes the field.
Caicedo and Lazio: when love is not at first sight
An important milestone, especially if you look back to the first months of Felipe’s Lazio experience. The Ecuadorianwas signed on August 2, 2017, from Espanyol for £2.25 million. The first Ecuadorian player to wear the Biancocelesti colors, eleven days after his arrival he immediately wins a trophy, raising the Italian Super Cup as his side secured victory against Juventus.
His first goal for the Biancocelesti arrived in the Europa League (28 September 2017, Lazio-Zulte 2-0), while in the league it came on 3 December in Genoa, against Sampdoria(1-2).
Caicedo, who was signed to fill the role of the second striker, initially lacked continuity in his performances to fill the Laziali with confience, many questioning his signing.
The Ecaudorian only secured a handful of goals in his early days (Six in his first 33 appearances) and to go with that the striker made many mistakes which lead to him receiving criticism, whispers gathered on his possible transfer increasingly takes hold in Formello.
The Panther’s revenge
Felipe Caicedo, however, never gave up. And Simone Inzaghi , perhaps the only one who has always believed in his qualities from the first moment, persuaded Lazio to keep him in the squad.
The attacker finds himself increasingly used from the bench, however his attitude and commitement to the side can not be faulted, he always gives his best when he is involved.
March 2, 2019. A day for Caicedo to enter the hearts of the Laziali as he scored in Lazio’s 3-0 victory over Roma . This goal gave Caicedo the jump he needed, leading to improved performances causing Inzaghi to incorporate the strikers assets, physical strength and his ability to make a lot of balls playable in the area, see his rise to partnership with Ciro Immobile.
Caicedo, Lazio’s extra weapon in the Scudetto fight
This season has arguably been Caicedo’s best for Lazio, 20 appearances, eight goals and four assists already to his name. The “Cesarini area” has become “Caicedo area”, after all his decisive goals made in the stoppage time against Sassuolo , Juventus , and Cagliari.
You can clearly see his value both on and off the pitch: the video (Ciro’s 30th Birthday) in which, jokingly, he jokes about the Lazio league title has become viral in no time.
Felipe’s numbers and a Bologna taboo to dispel
Against Bologna , if he should take the field, Caicedo will reach 100 appearances with the Lazio shirt . The biancocelesti will become, in all probability, the team with which he has played the most in his career. At the moment Espanyol is in first place (103 appearances, 24 goals, 4 assists), with Lazio in 99 has done almost better (23 goals, but already 14 assists).
The Panther will have to dispel the Bolognese tabu: against Sinisa’s team, in fact, he has never managed a goal, but the only time he started, Lazio won the game (Bologna-Lazio 0-2 , December 26, 2018).