Tuesday February 7 2012
Lazio: 'Roma project a flop'

Lazio director Igli Tare launched a scathing attack on Roma, who “don’t have a winning project,” and asked for Thursday’s game with Cesena to be called off.

Reports emerged in the media today that the Biancocelesti are waiting until the summer so they can sign players on free transfers.

“I am stunned, as the news is completely false,” slammed director of sport Tare on Lazio Style Radio.

“We know the problems in this squad, but have never sought out players who are out of contract. The situation isn’t as dramatic as the newspapers like to claim.

“Our cousins have a project that is not proving to be a winning one, but they still get praised in the media. On the other hand, our club is working solidly to reach its objectives and proving its worth with facts, yet you read things in the papers that make us seem like a disaster area.”

Lazio were also furious that Sunday’s game with Genoa was allowed to go ahead after heavy snowfall and ice saw their journey from Rome take seven hours. During the match, Hernanes, Tommaso Rocchi and Marius Stankevicius picked up muscular injuries.

“It should not have been played,” continued Tare. “We requested the game be postponed and there was every reason to listen to us. In certain respects it has to be said that clubs are treated in very different ways, but this just fires us up more for the rest of the season.

“We are finding it very difficult to train this week, as the Formello grounds are covered in snow and ice. We have considered bringing the kick-off time of Lazio-Cesena forward or even postponing the game if the conditions do not allow for a normal match.”

The Serie A encounter is set to take place on Thursday evening at 19.45 UK time. It was brought forward from the weekend because of Italy’s Six Nations rugby match in Rome on Saturday.