Tuesday January 15 2013
Petkovic: 'We know Lazio's strength'

Lazio Coach Vladimir Petkovic laid down the gauntlet to Juventus and Roma. “We are aware of our strengths. Fortune evens out in the end.”

The Aquile have been a revelation this season and sit in second place only three points adrift of the leaders.

They also won their Europa League group ahead of Tottenham and are through to the Coppa Italia semi-final.

“We must have a great deal of respect for Palermo this weekend, taking advantage of their weaknesses and trying to dominate the game,” said Petkovic.

“The lads are fired up, as we need head and heart to believe right to the end.”

Lazio are unbeaten in 14 games in all competition, though Roma boss Zdenek Zeman hinted they had the rub of the green so far this season.

“Everything that you deserve comes round to you sooner or later. In some games we deserved more, in others less. Fortune has been helpful, but above all we are aware of our strengths,” replied Petkovic.

“The essence of Lazio is giving in order to receive. I want to give these players the chance to express themselves at their best and I am pleased to see them appreciate that.

“There is a good rapport between us and I think you can tell. I can get a decision right or wrong, but the important thing is to remain humble and united.

“A house must be built on solid foundations. We have that in defence and our strikers are the first defence. Everyone sacrifices themselves for the team and in that we have found a good balance.”

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