Petkovic happy Lazio underdogs for derby

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic is happy to be underdogs going into the derby today against AS Roma.

The Biancocelesti won their last encounter, the bitter Coppa Italia Final on May 26.

“All the pundits seem to suggest Roma are the absolute favourites to win this game. This pleases me, as it gives Lazio something to prove,” smiled Petkovic in his Press conference.

“This will require mental strength, calm and concentration for the full 90 minutes. Roma are a fine squad and proved themselves with three straight victories. However, they have weaknesses and we must take advantage of them.

“This is the first day I will actually sit the players down and give them a lesson on Roma’s strengths and weaknesses. We have forgotten what happened in the Coppa Italia, as need to learn about them all over again.

“We need to stay calm and approach this game with pleasure in front of our fans. We want to set a certain image for all of Europe and it is a bit of a different encounter, but it’s still worth three points."

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