Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic has shrugged off preseason sack talk.

Petkovic had been heavily criticised in the media over the summer due to friendly defeats, leading some to bet he'd be the first Serie A Coach sacked.

But after a Serie A debut win over Atalanta, the coach smiled: "I have followed Italian football, so I know that at the end of the day it's part of this sport and sometimes we have to put up with it."