Lazio coach Delio Rossi and striker Tommaso Rocchi both met with fans yesterday in an effort to ease the tension between the team and their supporters.

"We have always had support and we have always recognised it," Rocchi said. "It's up to us to respond to it on the pitch."

Rossi also remarked: "It's useless criticising individuals.

"I make my choices and you have to point the finger at me.

"All I can say is that this team always give 100 per cent. The Empoli game was an accident on the road that I hope won't be repeated."