Tuesday April 16 2013
Petkovic: 'Lazio need bigger squad'

Vladimir Petkovic has told Lazio “to compete on several fronts you need a very big squad” after their Europa League exit and slide down the Serie A standings.

The Biancocelesti had until last week been the only Italian club in three competitions, as they were in the Europa League quarter-finals and Coppa Italia Final.

Recent results have seen them slip back to joint fifth place in Serie A, beaten 2-0 by Juventus last night.

“You cannot play with only eight, nine or 10 first choice players,” warned the Coach after 12 points from their last 13 games.

“To compete on several fronts, you need a very big squad. My job is also to understand who isn’t in the best shape. The season itself has been positive, so let’s not just look at the last few weeks.

“Now there are still games left to earn Europa League qualification and catch those teams ahead of us in the standings. As long as it is mathematically possible, we must continue to believe.”

Lazio have already qualified for the Coppa Italia Final, where they will face either Inter or Roma.

“I have no particular preference on who we’ll play. Roma are in better shape now, but we are calmly awaiting any opponent.”