Vladimir Petkovic had to reassure jeering fans that Lazio “will be ready for the games that count” after another friendly defeat to Getafe.
The Biancocelesti have lost a series of friendlies this summer without scoring a goal and continued that run with a 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night.
It was meant to be a celebration and the official presentation of the 2012-13 squad to its supporters, but turned into a protest instead.
“We mustn’t be hasty, as it will take a while to see the fruits of our labour,” insisted the Coach after his team was booed off the field.
“The season is long and physical fitness levels must sustain us for the whole year. It’s normal there are some players who are a little further behind schedule, but we will be ready for the games that count.”
It took only 13 minutes for Getafe to take the lead with a Pedro Leon free kick that curled over the defensive wall.
Lazio are having real problems in attack and rarely threatened in this match, forcing a save with Antonio Candreva from distance.
Substitute Mauro Zarate went close on a couple of occasions late on, but the Spaniards wasted the chance to double their lead with Barrada firing wide in a one-on-one with Federico Marchetti.
The Curva Nord ultras are losing patience with the new Lazio project and vented their frustration.
Lazio 0-1 Getafe
Scorers: Pedro Leon 13 (G)
Lazio: Marchetti; Konko, Biava, Dias, Cavanda; Cana (Onazi 46), Ledesma (Kozak 83); Candreva, Hernanes (Mauri 46), Lulic (Floccari 68); Klose (Zarate 67)
Getafe: Moya; Valera (Manè 69), Alexis, Abraham, M Torres; D Castro (Rodriguez 88), Michel; Pedro Leon (Sarabia 76), Lafita (Barrada 46), Xavi Torres (Lacen 60); Miku (Colunga 75)
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