Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo believes their Coppa Italia win against Internazionale gave the squad a new sense of belief and says they are ready to challenge any team after the winter break.
The Biancocelesti's remarkable 2-1 win over Serie A leaders Inter shortened the distances at the top of the table, and above all provided the Rome outfit with a great boost of confidence.
"Over the last month, except against Palermo, we always put in a good performance and gave it our best," he told Lazio Style Channel. "The win in the Coppa [Italia] unblocked us a bit. Winning at San Siro against Inter was a nice Christmas present for our supporters.
"For some time now our mentality in facing up to things has changed. There was an exchange among us, and this allowed us to emerge from the negative moment, with a drive to do well.
"We all fought, and ran, and sacrificed ourselves, with and for the team. Playing every three days made us lose our rhythm.
"We understood many things in this break and now we're ready to start off again. Seeing a stadium like the Olimpico remaining empty was sad. Last season when we had 50,000 people there, the drive was something unique. But it all depends on our results.
"I remember, from last season, the return derby, the [Coppa Italia] final against Juventus, and the [Champions League] preliminaries against Leverkusen.
"We were unable to conquer a result, but I think the only time our opponent deserved the win was against Leverkusen. Victory should have been ours in the other two.
"When you play well but you're not winning it means that something's missing. Whatever it is, let's hope we found it among our Christmas presents."