Another cleansheet was vital to Lazio as they triumphed over AS Roma on Sunday night on Matchday 13 of the 2022/23 Serie A campaign, and the personal performance of defender Alessio Romagnoli saw him crowned Player of the Week.
After the Biancocelesti took the lead midway through the first half at the Stadio Olimpico through Felipe Anderson, the centre-back led by example as the Derby della Capitale finished 1-0.
Return of the Roma youth product
Watching the 27-year-old star at the heart of the Lazio defence will have been hard to take for some Romanisti, after the Anzio-born Romagnoli had risen through the Giallorossi youth setup and debuted against Atalanta a decade ago.
However, after excelling in an AS Roma shirt in his formative years, Romagnoli was whisked off to AC Milan for €25 million and eventually lifted the Scudetto with the Rossoneri last term. Before being allowed to leave at the end of his contract.
Another Lazio lockout
The displays by Romagnoli in a Lazio shirt have been a major factor in Maurizio Sarri’s team sitting comfortably in the Champions League qualification places, with the match against their city rivals the seventh clean sheet in their opening domestic fixtures.
If this continues, the defender may yet add to the Italian international caps he has been awarded, with his last Azzurri appearance coming towards the end of 2019.