Thursday March 14 2013
Petkovic: 'Teams worry about Lazio'

Vladimir Petkovic warns “other teams have to worry about us” after Lazio swept into the Europa League quarter-finals unbeaten.

They beat Stuttgart 3-1 on the night, 5-1 on aggregate, and now remain the only team in the competition without a single defeat.

“This season we have played so many games and there were a few slip-ups, but we always played well,” said the Coach.

“We went on to the field tonight very determined and forced our opponents to surrender.”

Lazio go into the quarter-final draw with Chelsea, Newcastle United, Tottenham, Rubin Kazan, FC Basel, Benfica and Fenerbahce.

“Every team in the draw from now on is strong. I’d only really want to avoid a trip to Russia because of the journey and the weather. Are Lazio the team to beat now? Other teams have to worry about us.”

The Biancocelesti should have Miroslav Klose back for the quarter-finals in April, while Petkovic had good news after Federico Marchetti went off when accidentally kicked in the head.

“Marchetti had a really nasty knock, but after the game he was already up and walking around. We’ll evaluate his condition tomorrow.

“Klose is not fit yet. He has started running again, but is still a long way off his comeback.”