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  13/11/2013: Mauri: "It is a difficult season for us"
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Stefano Mauri spoke to LazioStyle Radio today about his fight against match-fixing allegations and gave his opinion about Lazio's season so far:

"My lawyers are preparing the grounds for appeal and we wait for the process of the third stage to being. I am confident and hopefully it arrives as soon as possible so I can go back and help my teammates. I am trying to prove my innocence with facts so I can return to the field."

"I never gave up. I have kept training except for 20 days following the judgement at the second stage [when Mauri's ban was extended for a further three months]. I took a 20 day vacation and then began my pre-season training to be fit in early December. I have to thank all the fans for their support ever since the pre-season training camp. Soon, I hope to be able to repay the confidence they have shown in me. I ask the fans to stay close to the team, as we need it."

"It is a difficult season for us. There can be no excuses - we are not playing at the same level as last year. It is important to score points as then things will be much simpler. With so many injuries and games every three days, there have been many technical changes and tactical plans. If you look at the top teams, they only ever change two or three players but if you are forced to make changes, it is not easy. In saying that, we are drifting too far away. Last year, we were two points away from Juventus for a while and there was Scudetto talk - that was not our level, but neither is the current one. We are a good team with great individual qualities. We are a team in trouble but with the quality to make things better and we need to get results now."

"Some players who want to establish their place in the team end up over doing it. So it is best to see it as an ensemble - the group is more important than the individual."

Mauri concluded the interview by insisting the new players that Lazio have signed are of sufficient quality and will show their ability when given time to adapt. Despite the cloud that hangs over him with the trial, Mauri was evidently in good spirits and at one point, alluded to the fact that he tells Luis Pedro Cavanda to cut his hair on a daily basis.
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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