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  12/05/2013: Petkovic: "We want to get to Europe regardless of the Coppa Italia"
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Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic claims he wants his side qualified for the Europa League before they play in the Italian Cup final.

Fresh from a 2-0 win over Sampdoria this afternoon, Petkovic told Rai Sport:

"The Derby will be soon but for now we are not thinking about it. We only think about the next game and giving 100% and with a win in the next game I am sure we will qualify for Europe."

Lazio have notched up 3 wins in a row since Petkovic reshuffled the shape of the team.

"The formation? Yes, it was one fo the keys, we put Floccari in a very dangerous position. We have struggled in the second half of the season, we played 14 games more than most the other teams plus we had added injuries. Are we favourites in the final against Roma? We haven't started thinking about it, we want to reach Europe through the league and I think we have shown we deserve this. Winning the cup would be the icing on the cake."

Petkovic finished with a summary of his players and his verdict on this season:

"Candreva is one of the protagonists but I don't believe that Ederson has been a disappointment. The verdict for Lazio? I think it will depend on how the season ends but it deserves a high rating. It's nice to be in Serie A with all these coaches and strong teams. It is a great championship which has seen many teams compete at a high level."
Author: Giannino Capaldi
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