Wednesday September 24 2014
Stramaccioni: Lazio will be tough

Udinese Coach Andrea Stramaccioni expects a fiery reception at the Olimpico when his side meets Lazio, a side he believes have so far been unlucky.

Speaking at his pre-game Press conference, the Zebrette’s tactician was quick to praise his opponents, who he feels deserved much more from their opening three games.

“Lazio have collected less than they've produced in the first three rounds of the championship,” warned Stramaccioni ahead of the Thursday night clash.

“They were punished by counterattacks in Milan. Against Genoa, they were impressive in the first half, and the Rossoblu’s ‘keeper was brilliant.

“They were also unlucky with the three substitutions and the red card for Stefan de Vrij.

“Lazio have played some the best football so far this season and this will be a game with the high degree of difficulty for us.

“The important thing is that we've found the grit, aggression and solidity. I know that we need to do better in the last 30 metres.

“We lack the connection that makes us dangerous and we need to combine more quickly in the final third, [because] we have been excellent at the back.”

The former Inter boss admits that he doesn't expect the warmest of welcomes from the Curva Nord, having spent much of his early career working at rivals Roma.

“I was at Roma for six years. If you're Roman, you'll know that such teasing can also be part of the beauty of football.

“It's part of the game. I know that at the Olimpico there will probably be some whistles and some name-calling.”

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