Friday October 19 2012
Petkovic: 'Lazio admire Milan'

Vladimir Petkovic insists it is “laughable” to think Lazio could be complacent against Milan. “I see a team that for years has done very well in Europe.”

The Biancocelesti are eight points clear of the Rossoneri in the Serie A table going into tomorrow night’s clash. Click here for a match preview.

“I find it laughable that someone could face Milan with arrogance or a concentration level not up to the task,” noted the Coach in his Press conference.

“Of course it’s not a problem if Lazio are considered favourites. Milan are a great team, which we saw over the last two games despite the results, so we must be ready to suffer and remain 120 per cent concentrated.

“I see a team that for years has done very well in Europe. Their seven points in the table do not reflect the real quality of this side. They are also coming here with anger and the desire to impress.

“Having said that, each Coach has to motivate his squad and take them to the point of self-belief where they will always be a step above the opposition, regardless of who that is.”

Petkovic admitted to fitness doubts over Stefan Radu, Cristian Brocchi, Marius Stankevicius and summer signing Ederson.

“The most important thing is that Lazio win. I don’t know whether it’ll be a decisive result, but we have to face it like every other game, with the pleasure of giving our all without stopping in front of our fans.”

It remains to be seen whether Mauro Zarate will return to the fold after he was frozen out of the last game.

“I just wanted to point out it’s not true that Zarate could get a personal trainer. We want all our players to follow the same exercises and routines. Zarate did warn me he might have one, but we have not prescribed this extra work to anybody.”