Andrea Santoni of Corriere dello Sport spoke with ex-Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic, who was in Nyon for the draw of the EURO 2016 qualifiers, about the past and current situation at the Roman club;
Petkovic was asked about how he feels he was treated by Lotito; "How do I feel? All right. It's all in the past now, I look to the future. My work with the Swiss football team starts in July. What is happening to Lazio? I do not want to talk about that. I have not spoken with the Italian press nor with the Swiss, and I know how to behave", stated Petkovic.
Santoni then spoke with Petkovic about his life in Rome and how he lived in the famous city; "In Italy and in Rome I was fine. I ate well, lived well, so why talk about the past? I have already been back four or five times, I have friends there, I still have my home in Olgiata as well".
Santoni then moved to ask Petkovic if he follows what is happening at the club; "I follow everything and I'm not surprised, I mean I was not the problem, I think. After a couple of months the same things will return to the surface, if they remain unsolved".
"I still do not understand why I was asked to leave. We were competing on three fronts, and yes we lost some games it is true, lost 6 or 7 points but nothing irreparable in my opinion. Then the injuries came in. And now I read of those people who accuse me of not having done enough. But anyway, you cannot change things if the broom handle remains the same", stated Petkovic.
The former Biancocelesti boss was then asked what he regrets the most about how he was asked to leave; "What do I regret most about this goodbye? I do not know. Everything is now in the hands of the lawyers. Certainly it was not nice or fair".
Petkovic never mentions Claudio Lotito directly in this interview but his speech is clear, as is his meaning and this is how he responded to Santoni’s question about the President; "Lotito? I do not want to talk about him. Everyone has their own way of doing things and behaving. Everybody knows how I was treated and not just me".