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Apr 11, 2013

Petkovic: Lazio 'will fight until the end'

Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic has vowed his team "will fight until the end" when they face Fenerbahce for a semi-final berth in the Europa League.

Trailing 2-0 from the first-leg in Turkey, Lazio face a tough fight to secure their place in the competition's last four, especially after Fenerbahce manager Aykut Kocaman said he was 'confident' his side would progress in Rome.

But Petkovic does not want his team to worry about the scoreboard, but focus on putting in another performance which has already brought the Italian side this far.

And the 49-year-old has warned Thursday's opponents that his side will never surrender in their fight to keep their European dream alive.

"I want us to impose our style of play and we want to score as soon as possible," he told uefa.com. "This year we have done many good things in this competition and we don't want to give up.

"Fenerbahce have strong, quick forwards and many excellent players, but I'm more interested in the way my team play.

"It's clear that our chances of progress are less than 50%, but we will fight until the end."

However, Kocaman needs no warning that this tie is far from over, aware from Tuesday's dramatic Champions League matches that nothing is determined until the final whistle sounds.

But that has not stopped him from looking towards a place in the semi-finals.

"The match we played last week has left us in a good position, and we are confident," Kocaman told reporters. "We scored two goals without conceding and we have the advantage for this last leg.

"We are proud to be here but we don't want to stop now. We're able to reach the semi-finals and we can make history, but tomorrow we will have many obstacles: Italian teams are very strong and we are away.

"Also Galatasaray showed us yesterday that all is not over after defeat in the first game."

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