Thursday November 7 2013
Petkovic: 'Lazio must be ruthless'

Vladimir Petkovic urged Lazio to be “more relaxed and ruthless” after they squeezed past Apollon 2-1 in the Europa League.

“We saw a good Lazio side for an hour even if, as has already happened before this season, we made a mistake that allowed our opponents back into the game,” he told Mediaset.

“We need to be more relaxed and ruthless to finish these matches off. Keita Balde is young and generous, but he might want to be a bit more egotistical if he wants to score and boost his confidence.”

The final whistle at the Stadio Olimpico was greeted with a mixture of applause and jeering, as it was not an entirely reassuring performance.

“Is this a difficult moment for us? Journalists are creating this situation, as we do not feel any lack of faith. We should have more points, but we are creating many chances.

“I look at the situation in a positive manner. I want to see the same performance as the first hour against Genoa and also the first hour of this evening. I just want the team to be more ruthless.”

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