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Monday January 21 2013
Petkovic has Coppa Italia doubts

Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic has admitted that he doesn’t yet know his starting XI for Tuesday’s Coppa Italia tie at Juventus.

The capital giants travel to Turin for the first leg of their semi-final against the current Italian champions.

“Abdoulay Konko, Miroslav Klose, Stefan Radu and Marius Stankevicius are all doubts,” the tactician noted.

“Today I’ll decide who to include in the squad, tomorrow I’ll decide on the team. We have to be at our best physically.

“I’ll only pick those who are at 100 per cent. Whoever has the slightest twinge can’t play because of the cold temperatures and the heavy pitch.”

Lazio have already collected a 0-0 draw in Turin this season, even if they were criticised for their defensive attitude at the Juventus Stadium.

“These games last 180 minutes and you have to battle for everything,” he added. “Anything can be decisive for qualification.

“I want a disciplined side who play an intelligent game. We can’t be too defensive. We must play with focus and with our heads up. Now we are a side of warriors.

“There are just a few games left to do something important in the Cup. By winning these few games we can also book our place in Europe next season.”

Nevertheless, Petkovic conceded that it would not be easy against Antonio Conte’s troops.

“Juventus are certainly the strongest side in the championship, even if we are doing well seeing as we are averaging more than two points a game.”

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