PRESSURE MOUNTS

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Pressure has increased on manager Vladimir Petkovic after his Lazio team were defeated 2-0 by archrivals Roma in the latest league match between the two teams.

Even though Lazio are coming into the match on the back of a poor run of form, fans were hoping that the derby match would bring the best out of the players. Roma have started the season in excellent form under new manager Rudi Garcia. They have spent close to $ 86 million in the summer due to the backing from new investors. This has also raised the tension ahead of this match.

Lazio managed to maintain the game goalless in the first half, but they were unable to prevent Balzaretti from opening the scoring in the second half. His goal in the second half gave Roma the impetus to go on and get three points, which they did after the penalty from Ljajić in the 90th minute. As a result of this defeat, Lazio are eighth on the table after having taken only nine points from four matches. Their previous defeat was against Juventus at the start of September.

Lazio manager Petkovic has said after the match that his players were unable to win the match because they did not have the belief, but he is confident of returning to winning ways soon.

"I think that maybe Roma believed a little bit more and dared a little bit more which is the only disappointing thing for us. However, they only had more belief after they scored their first goal and we made too many mistakes. Even if we were only 10 men, we managed to believe until the end that we could get something from the match. With Ederson's chance late on, we could have changed the result to 1-1, but at the end there was that penalty kick (from Ljajic)," said Petkovic.

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