Saturday February 10 2018
De Vrij relishes Mertens battle

Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij is relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with Napoli’s Dries Mertens.

The two sides lock horns at the San Paolo this evening, with the Biancocelesti looking to bounce back from their surprise home defeat by Genoa on Monday.

Speaking ahead of the clash, the Dutch defender insisted he will enjoy trying to nullify the Belgian forward, who has scored four times in his last three matches.

“Napoli are strong, but so are we and it will definitely be a good match,” De Vrij told Lazio Style Radio.

“Mertens is going through a good period and it will be a good head-to-head battle with him.

“Facing colleagues of quality is always something that is rewarding.

“We need to try and put on a good performance.”

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