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  04/01/2015: Bollini: "I fought to make players proud to wear Lazio shirt"
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Alberto Bollini has discussed his role as co-ordinator of youth with Corriere dello Sport as the ex-Lazio Primavera manager prepares his winter training camp which will see in excess of 100 participants this year. Bollini recalls his return to Lazio in 2010 and how Claudio Lotito and Igli Tare have improved the youth sector:

"There's credibility in the world of Lazio now. When I returned in 2010, there was a willingness on the part of the president and the sporting director [to improve the youth sector]."

"The reality was not the current one - there was growth in professionalism and this impacted enormously on our results."

"A young man wearing the shirt of Lazio does so with pride. I fought for this. I can make a strong example although I do not want to aim specific criticism at a guy I care about, as I care about everyone I've coached."

"When Marin [Vlad Marin, who left Lazio to join Manchester City before signing for Juventus] left the summer retreat without notifying the club or technical staff, I did everything to talk to him before he left for England. I saw a guy who did not understand what the shirt of Lazio meant, even though he was a fan. I told him "I know what you can achieve, but you'll see in a few years what a great job we are doing and how some of you will go into the first team". He replied "Mister, since Nesta and his championship, that has not happened.""

"He made his choice, but he had to change his mind. And as we are doing a great job, success has arrived, particularly in the Primavera."
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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