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  21/11/2011: Zoff: "Too early to rate Marchetti"
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"A goalkeeper who is now returning to his best form and is doing great things. I think he has the potential to continue at this level."

These are the words of Dino Zoff, former coach and president of Lazio. After the draw in Napoli, Federico Marchetti has received a lot of praise and has even been compared to the great Angelo Peruzzi. Zoff thinks it is still too early to compare the two of them:

"I think it is premature. Before you can say that, Marchetti needs to play a couple of seasons, not four matches. Even if he has been great so far it will take years to reach Peruzzi."

Zoff did expect Lazio to try a little more to go for the victory against Napoli, but admits it was a difficult match with all the injuries:

"I did expect the team to try more counter attacks in Napoli, but on the other hand there were some significant absentees. In the end a draw was not bad and I think they will be happy about it. Now Lazio just need to look forward. Against Juventus, we will need Lazio at their best. I think the team can give a lot to Reja, but Juventus is doing well at the moment."

Zoff remains positive about Lazio being in the top positions when the season is over:

"I do not know if Lazio can compete for the title. Juventus are already doing very well, and Milan have a strong team. The season is long, but the only thing Lazio can do for now is to do well on Saturday to stay in the top."

(Eivind Ytreland)
 
 
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