Petkovic not afraid of Lazio axe

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic insists he is calm ahead of tonight's Europa League match against Apollon Limassol despite reports his job is on the line.

Embattled Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic claims he isn't feeling worried and blames journalists for recent reports that he is set to be fired.

It has been a turbulent time for the Biancocelesti and there had been widespread suggestions in the peninsula that last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Atalanta would cost Petkovic his job. 

The last few days have even seen reports that Petkovic had resigned, but he has poured cold water on such speculation ahead of Lazio's Europa League trip to Cypriots Apollon Limassol.

"I'm relaxed. It's only the results that are missing," Petkovic told Tuttosport. "I feel good because I know what we are doing and how we are working. It's just a bad patch."

When asked about the recent furore surrounding his future, Petkovic insisted the journalists are to blame.

"You created this mess," he claimed. "You like this kind of thing because you sell a couple more newspapers but I'm not worried and I'm showing my team that.

"I'm putting out my strongest team against Apollon and we're going out there to show what we can do and overcome our recent difficulties."

Petkovic also feels he has identified the problem in recent matches and is ready to address it.

"We need to show more determination and focus for the whole 90 minutes," he said. "But we have deserved better in our last few games."

Lazio are currently joint top of Europa League Group J with Turkish side Trabzonspor. 

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