Vladimir Petkovic: 'We gave our all'

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic on the touchline on December 2, 2012
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Vladimir Petkovic says that his Lazio team gave their all against Fenerbahce at the Stadio Olimpico last night.

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic has said that his side gave their all in the effort to overturn a two-goal deficit against Fenerbahce last night.

The Biancocelesti bowed out of the Europa League at the quarter-final stage after a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico gave the Turkish team a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The Swiss tactician believes that defeat in Istanbul effectively cost his team the chance of a semi-final berth, but urged his players to pick themselves up as they battle to qualify for the Champions League.

"The first leg compromised our qualification," Football Italia quotes Petkovic as saying. "I am sure we could've gone through otherwise.

"I am in any case very happy with the performance and compliment my lads, as we tried to win all the way to the end, even if it no longer counted.

"Perhaps we just lacked a little bit of luck. Now we will rest for a day, then prepare for Juventus on Monday night, as I believe Lazio can still finish in the top three."

Lazio are currently fifth in Serie A, seven points adrift of third-placed AC Milan.

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