Saturday November 9 2013
Petkovic defends Lazio and Hernanes

Vladimir Petkovic prepared to face Parma and bullishly defended both Lazio and Hernanes. “He has nothing to prove.”

The Biancocelesti have been stuttering of late and scraped a 2-1 win over Apollon Limassol after their 2-0 home defeat to Genoa.

They visit the Stadio Tardini on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“We are coming off a period in which we have played every three days. We are improving and I expect another step forward against Parma,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“The only way to overcome the fear of success is to play attacking football. We must have courage in playing the ball, as that is the key to getting stronger.

“At the same time, I expect to see a concentrated team that doesn’t make any mistakes over the 90 minutes. We try so many things in training, so many movements, but then in a match situation we waste too much. We have to be more ruthless.

“Parma are strong, smart and fast. We must be wary, because they can hurt us, but we are not afraid, as we can do the same for them. Is it a decisive step for my future? No.”

Hernanes has been one of the most harshly criticised by fans and media for his performances this season.

“He has nothing to prove, he just needs to relax. This squad is united and the players will help each other out.”

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