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The Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic has said that his team are really growing in stature after they managed to beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia to progress to the final of the competition. The 2-1 win in the second leg handed Lazio the 3-2 aggregate victory. Petkovic was especially thrilled after having beaten a team like Juventus, who are currently top of the Italian Serie A table. Coming into the match after having had a 1-1 draw in the first leg, there was a real pressure on Lazio to prevent the away team from scoring early in the match.
They rode the pressure of the Italian champions in the first half and came out extremely well in the second half. Gonzalez opened the scoring for Lazio in the 52nd minute. However, a 90th minute equaliser from the defensive midfielder Vidal looked to have secured extra time for Juventus, but Floccari scored a very late winner to help Lazio reach the finals. It has not been the only success that the club has enjoyed in recent months. An impressive form in the league has meant that they are now third in the Italian Serie A table with an outside chance of winning the title.
“We are satisfied with the result and that was a crazy game at the end, but we had the right determination to take home the result. We deserve this joy and must always play at this level, as a great team cannot afford dips in intensity during a season. The squad is really growing and tonight’s performance proved it against a strong side like Juventus. Marchetti is having a fantastic season, not just in the individual saves,” said the Lazio manager, who is expected to bring in a few players in the January transfer window in order to strengthen his team.
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The Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of his players in the recent 2-1 win over Cagliari. Lazio have emerged as the surprising contenders for the title along with Juventus this season. After being extremely solid in the first half of the season, they have been able to overtake the likes of Napoli, Roma, and Inter Milan into the second position. Even though they are nine points behind the leaders Juventus, the Lazio manager is convinced that the remaining the title race. The 2-1 win over Cagliari was an important result to keep them in the hunt for the title.
The win is even more important considering the fact that Juventus lost at home to Sampdoria 2-1. As a result, the gap has been cut to just six points from nine points. Cagliari surprisingly opened the scoring in the second half through a goal from Sau. However, Lazio managed to make a stunning comeback by scoring two goals in the remaining 15 min of the match. Konko equalised the score for Lazio, while Candreva’s penalty just 4 min from time helped them take all three points. Lazio is also aided by the two red cards given to Cagliari.
“The players always believe they can do it. There was great character on display, fighting back to turn the result around. I couldn’t see the penalty incident, but it did seem that there was contact. What mattered anyway is that we remained united and created a great deal,” said the Lazio manager after the match. Even though they are just six points below the Italian champions Juventus, they have a considerable distance to make up when it comes to the goal difference. Juventus have been far more prolific in front of goal this season.
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The Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic has said that his team are not in the ideal condition going into the match against Parma, who managed an incredible victory over Inter Milan during the midweek action. Inter Milan are one of the teams chasing the title this season, but they were stunned by Parma in the midweek action. Lazio, who have been excellent in the last few matches, will be taking on Parma at home on Sunday, but the manager Petkovic has said that his team are struggling with a number of problems to key players. The goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is one of the key issues the manager has to deal with in this match.
The 29-year-old is currently struggling with an injury problem and Petkovic will be waiting until the last moment in order to make a decision. If he does not play, then the manager is likely to use the experienced goalkeeper Bizarri, who has already made four appearances this season. Petkovic has said that there has been a drop in the fitness levels of the players over the last few matches. The manager also has to deal with the prospect of getting the best out of the star Argentine Zarate, who has not been at his best this season.
“There has been no progress from yesterday, so he still has this muscular problem and is very much in doubt. I have to evaluate if it’s worth risking him or not. The whole team had a slight dip in fitness levels, but we have never lost two in a row and are rediscovering our sharpness. Zarate needs to take care of himself so he can get back into competition with the others. He must be professional, arriving for training and the game with a smile on his face,” said the Lazio manager.
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