Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic knows his side must show their qualities on the pitch and not through their words as they prepare to take on Trabzonspor in Europa League action on Thursday.
Both teams have already qualified for the next round of the competition, but with only one win in their last five official matches, the Biancocelesti coach knows his side must respond with a good performance on the field.
“I believe in my players, I believe in this group,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference.
“This group gives their all and wants to give their all. We must show this on the pitch without too much talk or proclamations.
“These three points will be key for the remainder of the year. We must gain as many points as possible and continue our positive run in Europe seeing as we have only lost once in our last 19 matches.
“I am happy with the cohesion in the squad and the play we have shown. If we analyse the previous matches we have played well, and the only reason we have not won is down to individual errors.
“There were few matches when our opponents played better than us. When you don’t get results you lose a bit of your collective security and the security we had as a team last season.
“Reassurances from Claudio Lotito? I usually reassure myself. I am strong enough to deal with what is going on around me with a smile. Few truths have been stated. You [the media] always ask the same questions but you are always getting the same response.
“Rudi Garcia said we have few ambitions? I hope not but I don’t want to take part in this debate. We accept everything. We are weak at this time but we must react on the pitch.”
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