Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez admits Miroslav Klose “changed the game in Lazio’s favour” for a 2-0 victory.
“Klose changed the game in Lazio’s favour,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I think we played well and especially in the first half created more scoring opportunities. We did what we set out to do and Lazio left us some space to run into, but we were unable to take those chances.
“In the second half the match changed with Klose’s introduction and two goals. The penalty hurt us, as it came so soon after the first goal and knocked the wind out of our sails.
“Andrea Cossu is an important player for us, but he’s coming off an injury, so we can’t let him play three games in a week. I preferred to rest him ahead of the meeting with Bologna.”
When asked if Cagliari struggle more on their travels, Lopez pointed to the constant travelling due to the stadium situation.
“We’ve been playing ‘away from home’ for a year! We approach all games the same way, no matter where we are playing, but incidents went against us today.”
The Sardinians finally returned to the Stadio Sant’Elia last week for the first time since April 2012.
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