Basic the balancer. Three games as a starter, no defeat: 2 wins (Lokomotiv Moscow And Inter) and a tie (Marseille). And two games without conceded goals, which for the Lazio it is not a small fact (in the league, for example, it never happened). Sarri has decided to give up, at least in the starting formations, a Luis Alberto, to privilege the solidity of his Lazio. Balance that precisely guarantees Toma Basic, 24 years old, Croatian intermediate arrived in the summer from Bordeaux for 7 million of Euro.
Today Basic a Verona can start as a new owner with Milinkovic and Leiva: it would be the third token in a row. How many would have expected it? Here, almost none. Not even Sarri: “Basic comes from another league and speaks a different language. His adaptation process cannot be like Pedro’s ”. Yet the Croatian managed to carve out a space, taking advantage of the gap between Sarri and Luis Alberto, who does not apply as the coach would like in training and has lost many points in the hierarchy.
Compared to the Spaniard, Basic has less quality in the last pass, although the basic technique of his left-handed is excellent. Against Inter he is the Lazio player who made the best sprint (33.16 km / h), recovered 4 balls and played 10 passes vertically, shooting 3 times on goal. He won’t have the enlightenment, the invention of the last step, but he has the race and the physique to perform less unbalanced Lazio. That solidity that for Sarri is the priority: fun and offensive football – in his words – can wait for the moment.