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  10/08/2014: Ciani: "It’s vital for the team to qualify for Europe"
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Michael Ciani is getting ready for his third season with Lazio. He has good reasons to expect a good future with the club because it looks like Pioli wants to keep him. After the arrival of the Dutch international De Vrij and Lotito’s announcements that Lazio will buy one more defender it will surely be hard for Ciani to get a starting spot in the team but he looks ready to fight for it. Teams from England, Russia and France have all asked about the player but it looks like the Frenchman wants to stay at Lazio.

This will be your third season with Lazio, what do you expect from it?

“First of all I do not regret my choice to make a transfer to Lazio. I have matured a lot here. The Italian league is very difficult. After all the positive emotions from my first season where we won Coppa Italia there were a few changes that weren’t good for me and the way I feel. I would have preferred to play more but I still want to stay here and show my qualities.”

There are a lot of rumours linking you to different clubs around Europe…

“I have had no direct contact with the English clubs (Norwich and Cardiff). It is true that I have a soft spot for the English league but it’s important to say that there isn’t truth in those rumours. There is interest from some clubs but there has never been any direct contact.”

Stefano Pioli is Lazio’s new coach. What do you think about him?

“He is very dedicated to what he does and spends a lot of time with the group. He wants to spend as much time as possible with the players and works a lot on the tactics of the team. He demands a lot from the players and wants us to be concentrated from the first to the last minute.”

What are your goals for the future?

“My goal is to do better than last season because it was a disappointing campaign for us. It’s vital for the team to qualify for Europe.  A Champions League stop will be really hard to achieve because there are lots of good teams with some great players in Italy like Napoli, Inter, Milan, Juventus. If we manage to qualify for the Champions League it will be a great season. On a personal level I never limit myself. I want to do my best and always aim to the sky.” 

Author: Martin Meranzov
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