Lazio lost 4-0 to Juventus in the Italian Super Cup two weeks ago and tonight Vladimir Petkovic wants to prove “the gap is not that big.”
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“We were not at 100 per cent in the Super Cup, but we are improving, as we showed against Udinese,” said Petkovic in his Press conference.
“We must be careful, because we are playing against 11 champions and the best team in Italy, but we’re not exactly worthy of being thrown in the bin.
“The gap is not that big. Juventus are accustomed to getting great results, winning and keeping their feet on the ground. They are always hungry, that is their characteristic, with very expensive players who make the difference.
“With pride, my players will do everything possible to bring home the three points. The win over Udinese did us good, as did the 4-0 defeat to Juventus in a way.
“I’ve never heard of a team that gives up at the start of the season. In order to stop them from scoring, we have to not make mistakes, but play with quality and belief. We must not hide, but face them head-on as a unit.”
Carlos Tevez has scored in both his competitive appearances for Juventus, in the Super Cup and against Sampdoria, so he is the man to watch.
“Tevez bring a lot of individual experience and is a great player who can give Juve a push forward on an international level.
“They are all great players, as Juventus have a squad that can compete not only in Italy, but also in Europe.”
Stefano Mauri is still banned awaiting his appeal against a six-month suspension, while Abdoulay Konko, and Felipe Anderson are injured.
Lazio squad for Juventus: Marchetti, Bizzarri, Strakosha; Biava, Dias, Radu, Novaretti, Vinicius, Pereirinha, Cavanda, Cana; Ledesma, Onazi, Ederson, Candreva, Lulic, Gonzalez, Hernanes, Biglia; Floccari, Rozzi, Klose, Keita