Palermo vs Lazio
Lazio brushed off bottom team Palermo to go 9 points clear.
Palermo 0 Lazio 2
In a battle of first vs last were able to turn our 6 point lead over Napoli into 9 points as Rafa Benitez's team suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Sampdoria. Palermo set up to defend but good work from Candreva allowed Cavanda to score a well placed finish just before half time.
German legend Miroslav Klose doubled our lead in the 69th minute with a simple tap in after good work from Tom Ince. Meanwhile Champions Juventus hammered AC Milan 4-1 as Antonio Conte looks to get the Turin powerhouse back on track.
Lazio vs Fiorentina
Klose and Candreva celebrate the first of the 6 goals on the night in Rome.
Lazio 4 Fiorentina 2
Ambrosini (90+2, OG)
1st place went up against 4th place in a real end to end in encounter that was a marvellous advert for Italian football. It only took Klose 4 minutes to open the scoring but fellow German Mario Gomez equalized 3 minutes later with a carbon copy header. Thiago Motta then hit a belting drive from 18 yards to beat Neto in the Viola goal to send the Biancocelesti in with a 2-1 lead at half time.
Fiorentina came right out the blocks in the second half as American born Giuseppe Rossi tied the game up with 4 minutes of the half played. Like an inverted version of the first period, Lazio equalized with Englishman Tom Ince slipping passed 2 defenders and drilling a finish through Neto's legs.
Fiorentina searched for an equalizer but with dying seconds left, Lazio won a corner which was attacked by Klose who could only head the ball into the knee of captain Ambrosini. The former Milan hardman could only divert the ball passed his own goalkeeper to make sure that the Roman club secured all 3 points.
Roma vs Lazio
Daniele De Rossi looks on in disbelief as Roma are hammered by rivals Lazio.
Roma 1 Lazio 6
Candreva (18, 82)
Klose (62, 89)
Roma manager Rudi Garcia was sacked following the humiliating defeat against fierce rivals Lazio. Roma had no answer to the current league leaders and looked completely lost on the pitch as they allowed six goals in Roma's worst ever result in a Rome derby.
Ashley Cole immediately opened the scoring with a simple tap in after good work from Ince. Tom Ince set-up another when his drilled ball into the box found Candreva unmarked to make it two with 18 minutes on the clock.
The real humiliation began after half time as Candreva found Bonera charging forward from a corner. The Milan loanee leapt highest to put the Biancocelesti into a demanding lead. It was then Klose's turn to get in on the act as the German made it 4 with a simple turn and finish into De Santis' net.
As Roma fans filtered out of the stadium, Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan got one back for the home team but that cushion only lasted 5 minutes as Ince found Candreva again who swept home the cross to make it 5-1. Klose really rubbed salt into the wounds as the former Bayern star powered home a header above the lacklustre Roma centre backs to make the final score 6-1.
Roma were well beaten and the club announced instantly that Rudi Garcia would not be attending the post match interviews and would be sacked with immediate effect.
Lazio vs Verona
Candreva was on target again as he cemented his position as Serie A's top goalscorer.
Lazio 2 Verona 0
Verona have had a solid first season back in Serie A and sit 11th in the table as Lazio looked to keep the chasing pack at bay. Napoli could only tie 0-0 at relegation threatened Latina, while Juventus, who have now taken 2nd place lost 2-1 at Cagliari.
Verona had recorded some good results against teams in the top 10 this year but were powerless to stop Lazio as they bulldoze towards their first Scudetto in 14 years. Antonio Candreva played a clever diagonal cross-field ball to Tom Ince that the Englishman took from under his feet and buried from 12 yards out to give the Biancocelesti the lead. Verona were only dangerous through Juan Iturbe and had no answer to the rock solid centre back team of Bonera, Darmian and Bellsuci.
With 12 minutes left on the clock Lazio found the net again as Candreva notched his customary goal. Lazio now sit 11 points clear of Juventus as we enter the final stretch of games in Serie A.
Genoa vs Lazio
Klose celebrates in the March rain following his penalty to make it 2-0.
Genoa 0 Lazio 4
Klose (38, pen)
18th place Genoa were apparently confident heading into the game with the league leaders as manager Gian Piero Gasperini told the media that his side had "nothing to fear" and that "Lazio were not where they were on merit." How the Grifoni boss feel about those comments following a 4-0 hammering at home are obvious.
Genoa looked lost of ideas as they continuously attempted to lump the ball up to top scorer Alberto Gilardino, but to no avail. Antonio Candreva hammered home a curving beauty in the 27th minute to give the Biancocelesti the lead with Klose scoring a penalty just before half time following a clumsy challenge by former Lazio man Matuzalem.
With 5 minutes on the clock, Lazio killed the game with two quickfire goals. Ince hammering home on the volley from a corner and Ignazio Abate scoring his first goal for the club with a composed finish when one on one with youngster Mattia Perin.
Juve and Napoli maintained the gap between the leaders with 4-2 and 1-0 wins respectively.
A great month with no slip ups and solid defending is exactly what we needed in the run up to the end of the season. I can't quite believe that we have done so well this season, as I actually earmarked my third year with Lazio to be the year that I moulded a team capable of winning Serie A. We now find ourselves 11 points clear of Juventus and 12 points clear of Napoli with 7 games to play.
It is not the end of the month just yet as we do have one more game in March. It is a massive tie as we welcome 2nd place and current Champions Juventus to the Olimpico. A win might well mean that we have one hand on the Serie A trophy as we can potentially enter April 14 points clear.
Star Man Of The Month: Tom Ince
Appearances: 5 Goals: 3 Assists: 7 Av. Rating: 7.8
It was very close between Ince and Abate but Tom has been a contender for player of the month every single month this season. I can not say that for any other player, including Candreva and Klose. He fully deserves the recognition and was our best player this period, with 3 goals and 7 assists in 5 games.
With the form he has been in so far in his first year at Lazio I fully expect him to make his England debut soon and be part of the World Cup squad. There has been talk in the media that Ince is the frontrunner for Serie A Foreign Player of The Year, with a nominees list that includes Klose, Tevez, Llorente, Iturbe and Ashley Cole.