Sunday December 15 2013
Nicola expects Livorno battle

Livorno haven’t won away to Lazio since 1943, but Coach Davide Nicola is sure “we can fight it out with anyone.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

There is very bad blood between the fans of these two clubs and Livorno’s record in Rome is poor with one win and 16 defeats.

“Lazio are a very good side and perhaps they expected to have a few more points in the table by this stage,” said Nicola in his Press conference.

Only four points separate these teams, despite the fact Livorno are in the relegation zone, so failure to win would be a hammer blow to Vladimir Petkovic’s chances of staying on the bench.

“To be fair, they are challenging in three tournaments and it isn’t easy to always be on top form. Petkovic is good at maintaining balance, while Antonio Candreva and Hernanes are players of real quality.

“We will not change our style of football to suit Lazio, though. It is important to have a tactical identity and stick to it, whether home or away.”

The Amaranto are fresh from an upset, as they pegged back Milan to a 2-2 draw last week.

“We must try to keep the standards up. Our players are doing well and we need to keep that momentum going from the Milan game.

“Livorno must believe and always be competitive, because we can fight it out with anyone.”

Livorno squad for Lazio: Aldegani, Bardi, Anania; Emerson, Coda, Rinaudo, Ceccherini, Gemiti, Lambrughi, Mbaye, Valentini; Greco, Schiattarella, Duncan, Biagianti, Luci, Belingheri, Benassi, Mosquera; Borja, Siligardi, Paulinho, Emeghara