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  02/02/2013: Petkovic: "Dortmund? I'm happy at Lazio"
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There is speculation in the media this morning that Borussia Dortmund have Vladimir Petkovic at the top of their managerial shortlist as Jurgen Klopp may move to Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho gets the sack. It's a rumour that first emerged two weeks ago but fit has gathered pace as the media look to provide Petkovic with a way out of the apparent chaos at Lazio.

However, Petkovic has addressed concerns in his press conference before Genoa, beginning with the mercato. Asked if he was expecting more from Lotito and Tare, Petkovic said:

"I take it day by day, I work with this team and will happily try to achieve our maximum."

"The [Juventus] win only increases our belief that we can win against all the big teams. Against Genoa, it takes character and in the home game, we didn't have much luck, but we never gave up. It is important that we get back to playing our game as we have not been playing recently as we did a few months ago."

Petkovic is not too concerned about Hernanes' absence, which could be as long as a month. Asked if he would now revert to a two-striker system, Petkovic made a point:

"With Hernanes, we play with two strikers. We will know better about Hernanes on Wednesday, it's pointless guessing when there are so many question marks. I hope he comes back healthy with no complications. I'm sure it won't be long as he feels better already. Tomorrow, it does not matter how many strikers we play, but how we play."

"It will be very hard. Genoa must collect points and be aggressive from the start, but we need to show why we are ahead of them in the standings."

"I look at every game the same. After Genoa, it's important to be in top physical sahpe for 3-4 months. The next game is important, but not decisive."

On Pereirinha:

"An interesting guy, I knew him. We must not put pressure on him, being in this group will be positive, we'll be patient and see his value."

On the implications of Hernanes' absence:

"Any player who is out is a loss to the group, but who is missing is missing, no one is indispensable and we must continue to play with confidence."

On the market and its possible de-stablising effect:

"I am glad it's over, the media talk to much and still talk about it. I do not want to fuel the fire, it is over and I look to the future."

Finally, on speculation that Borussia Dortmund are interested in his services:

"I am very happy to be at Lazio, a few months ago neither I, or anyone else would have expected this. I am focused on Lazio and will give everything for Lazio."

Asked if he would sign an extension:

"I am happy with the way things are now, it is useless to stir this up now. I prefer that the waters are calm".
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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