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  20/09/2012: The Story So Far
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After the first three rounds of action it seems Lazio have asserted themselves as Scudetto contenders amongst the Media. It is the first time since 1974-75 that this club has won the opening three matches, and with recent performances, the Biancoceleste are certainly starting to raise a few eyebrows on the Peninsula.

There was a dark cloud looming over Formello as Lazio came off what was probably the worst pre-season that one could imagine. Fans were not expecting much as the season commenced, but the team have surprisingly flew out of the blocks in the opening rounds.

When asked about the clubs objectives for the season, Vladmir Petkovic had wise words for the media stating that “This is a solid squad that can improve a great deal. We must be concentrated game by game. It is pleasing to receive positive signals, but we must also keep our feet on the ground. The results are earned with hard work and sacrifice.”

It is easy for people to air their predictions for the coming season, and in all honesty Lazio will not win the Scudetto. But the fans are certainly enjoying life at the minute, and unlike previous seasons there seems to be a togetherness about the club as a whole. The fans are also fully behind Petkovic, a sort of backing they were reluctant to give Edy Reja.

After a phenomenal display against Chievo last Sunday, it seems Hernanes has been reborn. Constant criticism under previous coach Edy Reja led many to believe he was on his way out of Rome this summer, but has so far defied his critics and under Petkovic, looks an altogether different player.

The prophet has tallied three goals so far, and his performances on the pitch have been outstanding. If Lazio are to mount a serious threat this term, then the form of Hernanes will be crucial as the season wears on. With the work-rate of the Brazilian, and the goal-scoring ability of Miroslav Klose, defences in Serie A will be quaking at the prospect of facing the pair.

Lazio suffered horrifically last term with injuries, and even more so with quality cover. This season, things are looking very comfortable for Petkovic when he needs to turn to the bench. Mauro Zarate hasn’t been required, and the Biancoceleste also have the likes of Ederson, Sergio Floccari, and Lorik Cana ready to deputise.

A key issue as always is the defence. The arrival of Michaël Ciani in August was a positive boost for Petkovic, and he hasn’t needed him yet. Although there were evident frailties against Chievo, Giuseppe Biava has surprised many by his solid start to the campaign. Soon I am sure we will see Ciani step in for Dias, and with the return of Stefan Radu imminent, the season is looking bright.

Form will start to take shape when the Europa League starts this week, Lazio travel to London to face Spurs in what looks to be an exciting encounter. Depending on how Petkovic rotates his starting eleven will be a major factor in the result. The Biancoceleste are about to endure six matches in eighteen days as European football commences, so well thought rotation will be the key for consistency.

Confidence is sky high amongst the team and the fans, and success in the opening rounds has given Laziali a whole new season to look forward to. With togetherness and hard work, there is no reason why Petkovic and Lazio cannot go on to achieve the unachievable.
Author: Ben Lally
 
 
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