Sunday November 3 2013
Petkovic tips his hat to Genoa

Vladimir Petkovic concedes Genoa “deserve compliments” for the victory, but remains “optimistic” on Lazio.

It was a shock result at the Stadio Olimpico this afternoon, as the Biancocelesti were beaten 2-0 on home turf.

“We were unable to score and Genoa deserve compliments. They took the approach they had to take, which was to wait and pounce on counter-attacks,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It above all hurts to drop these points, as we have already left a few too many along the way. Overall I remain optimistic and wait to get the full squad back as soon as possible.

“Once again we had few options today, so we have to keep picking up points everywhere we can. I haven’t had the opportunity to play even three games in a row with the same players.

“If we had scored even one of those chances today, it would’ve been a different match. The lads gave their heart and soul today, but Genoa scored with the first shot on target.

“We made a few naive mistakes that were down to a lack of concentration. We were lacking that extra 10 per cent of determination to either prevent a goal or score one ourselves.”

Petkovic has been under pressure, which will only intensify after this surprise home defeat.

“The team is disappointed, as is normal. I exchanged a few words with the President, but nothing important.

“To play at certain levels and intensity you need to be on it for 90 minutes. We did well against Genoa and Fiorentina, but have really struggled to make our scoring opportunities count.”