Lazio couldn’t overcome the German club Borussia Dortmund, who didn’t have Erling Haaland, and they shared the points.
converted his penalty for the equalizer against Dortmund’s opener from
After the game,
felt sorry about not being qualified for the knockout stage despite being unbeaten and he believed that they ‘deserved more’ against the German side.
“Without doubt there are regrets, as we are unbeaten, but there were some draws we felt that we could’ve turned into victories,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia
“It was a good performance, a show of character, and I think in the second half especially we probably deserved more. I am pleased to have played so well against such a strong side as Borussia Dortmund on their own turf.”
They will only be able to make it to the Champions League final 16 if they avoid defeat against Club Brugge at home in the final Champions League fixture.
“Our two draws in St Petersburg and Bruges were in an emergency situation, so those were very important points. We had hoped that nine points would be enough to secure qualification, something Lazio have been waiting for over 20 years.
“Now we’ll have one more game to get the result we need. We’d been working to get into the Champions League for almost five years, had some problems with COVID and injuries too, and the step up in quality is seeing a team that puts this aside for four days to focus on Serie A and Spezia.
“After that, we have two-and-a-half days to prepare another very important match against Bruges.”
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