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  17/05/2014: "We want to finish the season with a win": Berisha
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The game against Bologna may be pointless to a certain extent but if Lazio finish in eighth spot it means direct access to the knockout stages of next season’s Coppa Italia, instead of going through two qualifying rounds.

Etrit Berisha is expected to start against Bologna this Sunday and another convincing performance in that match could serve him well by boosting his candidacy to become Lazio’s number one stopper for next season, ahead of Federico Marchetti.

Berisha sees other positives as well and he spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about ending the season with a win and going into the summer with some positivity;

"There has been talk recently that Reja will field a younger side against Bologna. This will also be good for the future of the club and I hope to see some young players on the field. It will be a great experience for them".

Berisha’s impact at Lazio since joining from Kalmar in September 2013 has overall been very positive and promising. Few fans and commentators would have expected such a motivated and patient approach from a young goalkeeper like himself coming into Italian football;

"I came to Lazio to improve, work hard and play for a top team. Everyone at the club has been supportive and helpful. I want to thank everyone for making my move from Sweden so comfortable, and I hope to repay them with good performances".

Although the club season ends this weekend, Berisha’s involvement does not end as he has been called up by Albania to play three frieldns between late May and early June;

"It was always my childhood dream to play for the Albanian national team. This dream eventually became a reality and is renewed every time I go onto the field. I am very proud".

"The games we are playing at the end of this month are in preparation for the qualifying rounds of Euro 2016 which start in September. We are drawn in a difficult group but I believe we can qualify", concluded Berisha.

Author: Boris Pechev
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