Sunday October 6 2013
Petkovic: 'Lazio have hunger back'

Vladimir Petkovic was pleased to see Lazio have “the hunger back,” if not the result, against Fiorentina.

The Biancocelesti had the best scoring opportunities in tonight’s 0-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.

“This is football. The important thing is that we gave it our all,” he said in a Press conference.

“We had 19 shots on goal compared to four and deserved more, but only performances like this can bring you good luck and results.

“We are on a journey with many new players. We’re doing well, but when the whole squad is at my disposal and there’ll be more competition then every player must give more. We have the hunger back, now we have to increase it with results.”

Roma are top of the table with a 100 per cent record, so Petkovic was asked whether this was ‘irritating’ for Lazio.

“No, I don’t feel any pressure. I won’t comment on any other team, as we have our own season to look at. We’ll see where we are at the end. Meanwhile, we are proud to represent Italy in Europe.

“The difficult journeys on Thursday contributed to the performances, so Fiorentina also deserve credit after their Europa League game with Dnipro.”

The 20-year-old South Americans Brayan Perea and Felipe Anderson were given their full debuts in the 3-3 draw with Trabzonspor and started again tonight.

“They did very well. Perea played for the team and had a great chance to score, which he deserved. Felipe ran out of steam a bit.”