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  01/12/2014: Cracks appearing at Lazio
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Having succumbed to defeat at the hands of Empoli and Juventus, the pressure was on Lazio and manager Stefano Pioli to emerge from Verona with a positive result.

With less than three days to prepare for the Coppa Italia fourth round tie with Varese, there has been much disruption but several stories have emerged in recent days which raises questions.

Firstly, Cristian Ledesma's agent claimed his client was keen on a move to Arsenal, and in post-match interviews, both Alvaro Gonzalez and Miroslav Klose intimated that they were unhappy with the situation at Lazio and would welcome a move elsewhere should an opportunity to play more football materialise.

Gonzalez's comments were not unexpected considering the club attempted to offload him to Parma in the summer, but Miroslav Klose's words were out of character and have sent shockwaves through Rome.

The latest story has the potential to be even more damaging. According to reports in Rome, Antonio Candreva was substituted during the Chievo game for treating his teammates poorly both on the field and in the dressing room. It has been suggested that Candreva said to his colleagues that he was having to do everything by himself. 

Finally, the media also report that Claudio Lotito is fuming at the lack of commitment form the Lazio players, and that he would set up a training camp should Lazio fail to win against Parma next weekend.
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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