Lazio coach Rossi proud of players' courage

Coach Delio Rossi hailed his players' character after an undermanned Lazio defeated Dinamo Bucharest 3-1 in Romania to qualify for the Champions League proper.

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"I have to thank this squad. I knew I had a fantastic group and even today we had a million problems between injuries and bans, but these lads have character," said Rossi.

His side is struggling with an injury crisis and lost Guglielmo Stendardo as well during the first half. Despite trailing 1-0 at the break, Tommaso Rocchi and Goran Pandev netted for a 3-1 win at Dinamo Bucharest on the night, qualifying 4-2 on aggregate.

"We changed a few things, as we weren't moving well off the ball, but the players put a lot of themselves into turning it around. My players have certain characteristics and when there are few options you have to improvise.

"What do I hope for the future of Lazio? Some serenity. There was a lot of tension in the first half with many debutants and this fiery atmosphere, but slowly we melted that shield and I believe over 180 minutes we were better than Dinamo."

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