Sunday September 23 2012
Petkovic: 'Lazio were wasteful'

Vladimir Petkovic complimented Genoa for their victory and assured Lazio are on the right track despite the end of their 100 per cent record.

“One can never be satisfied after a defeat, but we didn’t do so badly as to deserve this result,” he said of the 1-0 defeat.

“We had so many chances and conceded a goal after a slip, but this is football. We have to accept it and compliment our opponents for making the most of their opportunities.

“In the first half we lacked determination, while after the break we pinned Genoa back, but were not clinical enough.

“Hernanes showed again tonight that he is a complete midfielder who works to win the ball back, to create chances and go one-on-one. He is very important for our team.”

Marco Borriello scored on a classic counter-attack, but was also given the chance to surge forward undisturbed because Giuseppe Biava pulled up with cramp.

“We wanted to break the deadlock from the first minute, but also prepared to have patience. Unfortunately, this goal came from our lack of communication and Biava’s cramp. I think it was the only real scoring opportunity that Genoa had.

“I certainly expected more from Mauro Zarate, but I hope this game will act as a lesson for him and all of us.”

Juventus remain the only side with a 100 per cent record after four games, as Napoli and Sampdoria were held while Lazio lost this weekend.

“This round proved that even if Juventus make a few changes, they still have the quality and pace to get results.

“The other teams are not too far behind and it will take us a little time to become more solid, but I believe Lazio can have a great season and face everyone in an attacking fashion.”

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