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Petkovic doesn't fear the sack

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic said he does not fear losing his job after speaking with club president Claudio Lotito in the wake of a 2-0 defeat at home to Genoa on Sunday.

Vladimir Petkovic has urged Lazio to push on, even if he believes a title challenge is beyond them
Vladimir Petkovic doesn't fear losing his job at Lazio.

Petkovic is under pressure with the Biancoceleste’s season struggling to take flight, but he said “nothing important” had been decided in his post-match meeting with the president.

“We just exchanged a few words,” Petkovic told Sky. “I’ll talk to the team tomorrow, but they’re as disappointed as we all are.”

No more so than the fans, whose patience in Petkovic appears to have reached a level of exasperation.

However, the Bosnian coach believes the fans’ lack of enthusiasm is only contributing to making his team’s job more difficult to turn the corner.

“I’m used to there being issues here from last season, even if maybe they are more intense this year,” said the 50-year-old to Mediaset. “Maybe the lads are just lacking a bit of support.”

Petkovic, meanwhile, believes he will have the club’s backing for at least the next two games, which he hopes to win, as he had hoped to beat Genoa on Sunday.

“I feel that we’ve got to win in the Europa League and then at Parma,” he said. “We need the points. They were supposed to arrive against Genoa because they were crucial, but we paid for our mistakes and weren’t incisive. For some reason, we lack concentration.”

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