Rocchi: Tough for Lazio to repeat last season success

Tommaso Rocchi has played down Lazio's chances of success this season.

"Lazio could have another excellent term, but I don't think we can make any comparisons with last year because this time we will all be starting with no penalisations," said Rocchi.

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"We will also play in three competitions this season, compared to two last time out. Are we one of the big clubs? No, I don't think so.

"It isn't easy to compete with clubs who have 30 players in their squad and want to win the Scudetto and the Champions League. We are a team which always tries to improve."

Rocchi, who is contracted until 2008 and has scored 32 times in the last two seasons, has been linked with a summer move as President Claudio Lotito has been unwilling to discuss a new contract with him.

"I am trying to behave as a professional, as I have always done," he insisted. "The contract is the last thing on my mind.

"I am focusing on training and on the Champions League tie with Dinamo Bucharest, which is a crucial objective for all of us.

"I don't care about the criticism I might receive. There are plenty of Lazio fans, but I don't think there are many who could disapprove of my behaviour in this situation."

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