Vladimir Petkovic believes that all the pressure in Wednesday evening’s game between Inter and his Lazio is on the home team.
Both sides head into this midweek Week 36 encounter having seen form in 2013 result in respective slides down the table.
Billed to the Aquile boss today as a potential Europa League qualification play-off, his suggestion in was not for his team.
“For the Nerazzurri it will be a crucial match, because it is not only Lazio who are ahead of them. Winning in Milan for us, we can have an 80 to 90 per cent chance of playing in Europe next year,” commented Petkovic, whose side are also in the Coppa Italia Final.
“Most important, however, will be to enter the field calm and aware that we can improve our performance, as we did last week.
“It definitely will not be easy against Stramaccioni’s men, I expect they will be angry and have the desire to reverse the negative run of results they have had.
“But we do not have to worry about the opponent but only think of ourselves.
“I expect a response against Inter. The healing process for us is a long one, we need to continue to move forward and to try and take these three points home.
“We will have to give everything and remain as compact as we were in the last game.”