Vladimir Petkovic claims his Lazio side have shaken off the effects of their Super Cup defeat and will represent an entirely different prospect when they lock horns with the Bianconeri at Juventus Stadium tomorrow night.
The Bosnian coach, whose team were stung by the Bianconeri’s three-goal blitz at the start of the second half a fortnight ago, believes last weekend’s opening Serie A victory over Udinese served as a timely morale boost ahead of Saturday’s test against the reigning champions.
Speaking to reporters in the capital, Petkovic began: “We weren’t in peak condition, but we’re developing as we displayed against Udinese. Now we want to pick up some points in Turin and we need to play as we did in the first half last weekend.
“We mustn’t be in a rush to score, what we need to do is play with quality and awareness, giving as good as we get and looking to make the most of every opportunity that comes our way.”
The 50-year-old refutes the notion that Antonio Conte’s men are streets ahead of the chasing pack but concedes their winning habit and desire makes them a tough prospect to overcome.
He concluded: “The gap isn’t that wide, but Juventus are used to winning. They’ve shown they have more hunger, that’s their characteristic. But we’re a top side ourselves, our players have plenty of character and tomorrow they’ll give everything to get a result.”