Lazio midfielder Hernanes knows he must start playing with more consistency.

Hernanes has reflected on his time so far in Serie A that has seen him struggle for consistency to match his ability.

"The first year in Italy I managed to get 12 goals. Had it not been for my injury then I could have done even better last season.

"Definitely it is a goal I set myself. I'm happy to have earned the affection of the Lazio fans.

"In recent years we have had the opportunity to play for the League title, but we have been unable to exploit it.

"We are a good team, but we need to mature to get the best results. We must reach the right level of maturity to seize the opportunities that present themselves during the season.

"Personally, however, I feel that I must improve the consistency of my performances."