Mar 14, 2013 at 8.05pm UK at ​Stadio Olimpico

Bruno Labbadia: 'Early goals destroyed us'

Labbadia: 'Early goals destroyed us'
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Bruno Labbadia admits that the correct team progressed following his side's 5-1 aggregate defeat to Lazio.

Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia has admitted that Lazio's two early goals in their 3-1 win in Rome knocked the confidence from his side and made their task almost impossible.

Labbadia said that his side's poor performance defensively across both legs meant that the correct side advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals.

"When you go two goals behind so early on, then the whole concept is destroyed," Labbadia told Stuttgart's official website.

"In both games we conceded the goals too easily and didn't present ourselves well defensively. We didn't deserve to progress to the next round.

"Lazio were more uncompromising in defence and more effective going forward - that was the major difference."

Libor Kozak netted his first Lazio hat-trick in the game.

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