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  12/12/2011: The Bite - "Torn"
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Juventus take on Roma tonight, if the Turin side lose then we stay just one point behind them BUT it will mean our dreaded rivals win and will only trail us by eights points instead of 11.

It was only two seasons ago that the Lazio faithful booed everytime the team attacked and even celebrated when Inter scored the goals that meant Roma would not win the Scudetto.

A furious Aleksander Kolarov who was playing left-back, said: "In my career I had never seen anything like it, instead of being behind us and cheering for Lazio's safety, the huge majority of the 56,000 spectators at the Olimpico were hurling insults at us. The Inter goals were celebrated in an extraordinary way."

I must admit, when that goal went in I shocked myself by cheering, but I was desperate for Roma not to win the league. Many members of the media were disgusted by it, but had it been the other way around I am sure the Romanista would have done the same.

But Kolarov did not see it the same way: "I dont know whether to define all this anti-Roma hatred. In my view this went beyond sporting rivalry, beyond common sense and intelligence. That isn't a passion anymore, this is sick. I simply cannot understand how someone can prefer to damage another team rather than support their own."

I suppose as a player he collected his money and wanted to win games, but did not understand the fans and that the club is their life, not to mention the hell that their Romanista friends and family would put them though the following season had they got their hands on the trophy.

As for tonight, it would be great to stay within a point of Juve, I think we can grab third and a Champions League place, but I don't think the Scudetto is realistic this season. It is key that we finish above Roma and that the teams fighting for the places two and three lose so I will be hoping the Old Lady win.

Saturday's result was excellent, when you look at the table, many would have expected it to be an easy game but even with Zdeněk Zeman long gone any trip to Lecce is a hard one. When I saw that we had gone 1-0 down to the early penalty, I feared the worst and thought we would be lucky to get a point, but I had not counted on the incredible character that the squad then showed.

Once again Miroslav Klose was the star, he scored a brace and set-up Lorik Cana for Lazio's second. The German's second came with just three minutes to spare, he connected with Djibril Cisse's cross to make it eight goals this season for Klose.

After the game Lazio coach Edy Reja said: "We know how strong Klose is and if he's left alone even for an instant inside the area he punishes you."

Another bonus was that Serse Cosmi, the outspoken Romanista, got off to a losing start at his latest club!!!

Some worrying news was that Federico Marchetti was taken off midway through the second half after injuring his right leg, it is thought he could be out for up to a month.

Next up is a tricky home game against Sporting in the Europa League, where anything less than a win is unlikely to see progression. On Sunday, Udinese visit the Olimpico - A win is needed if we are to be real contenders for the top three making that a must win game.

(Scott Balaam)

Twitter: @scottbalaam

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