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Marcotti: Teamwork pays off

World Cup final about an hour ago
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Nov, 28, 2013

Petkovic denies Switzerland contact

Vladimir Petkovic says there is no truth to the rumours linking him with the soon-to-be-vacant Switzerland job as he instead admitted to having made mistakes with Lazio.

The Lazio coach has emerged as a frontrunner to replace Ottmar Hitzfeld when he steps down after next summer's World Cup, yet the former Bellinzona, Lugano, Young Boys and Sion coach denies having had any contact with the Swiss Football Association.

"The Switzerland rumours don't interest me, they're just unfounded rumours. I'm just thinking about Lazio and we have an important game," Petkovic said prior to the Biancoceleste's potentially decisive Europa League trip fixture with Legia Warsaw. "I'm serene and I try to transmit this serenity to my team."

Victory in Poland would take the Serie A side into the last 32 of the Europa League, but their domestic form continues to be a cause for concern. A 1-1 draw at Sampdoria last weekend has left them seven points adrift of fifth-placed Fiorentina and a berth in Europe again next season.

City rivals Roma have almost double their 17 points and Petkovic has accepted his share of the blame for the sub-standard season so far.

"I have some responsibility," he said at a news conference. "We've spoken about it with the team and we're trying to make the necessary corrections.

"It's not all as bad as it is being made out to be. We just need to know how to do better and at times it's important to talk with the team, who have not suffered from our last draw. We need to form a very solid group capable of overcoming the difficulties which we are not hiding from.

"We know we didn't make a great impression, but even Samp only had two decent shots on goal. We now need to be 11 warriors who know what they have to do at any moment on the field."

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