Thursday January 23 2014
Zoff: Lazio can upset Juve

Dino Zoff believes that a Lazio side ‘with conviction’ can counter Juventus this weekend and pick up a result.

The Aquile play host to the Bianconeri in Week 21’s standout fixture and head into it unbeaten from their last three games.

It is a situation that, according to former Juve goalkeeper and Lazio Coach Zoff, could see Edy Reja’s men pick up something positive, even if the League leaders will be looking for their own response.

“Juventus will want to make up for the lacklustre performance against Roma,” the 71-year-old has begun in warning to Il Tempo today.

“Now they are thinking back to the League and will redeploy their strongest line-up.

“For Lazio it will be tough, but in the latest period they have picked up the results, healthily, and can counter against the problems Antonio Conte’s Juve will set.

“Lazio may also go into this game with some absences through injury and suspension, but the XI to go out on the field will be an organic form in every respect.

“If Lazio has conviction, I believe that they can create some real problems for Juventus. With a three-man defence [Edy Reja has returned the team to] they are much more covered and it is an ideal playing system for Hernanes.

“And Hernanes’ future? He is a great player, one that can often make the difference. Lazio have a good squad, but Hernanes has that something extra that without they lack.”