Petkovic happy to rediscover Lazio fire

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic enjoyed Thursday's draw against Borussia Monchengladbach as he saw hints of an attacking intent that had been missing of late.

Head coach Vladimir Petkovic of Lazio

By FOX Sports Staff

The Biancocelesti scored three away goals but could not come away with a win in the Europa League round of 32 first leg tie. They also gave away three penalties, had Andre Dias sent off and needed goalkeeper Federico Marchetti to make a save from one of the spot-kicks. 

Petkovic enjoyed the "crazy" match and felt that Lazio played really well even as they weren't too solid from a defensive standpoint. 

"It was a bit crazy at the end, as we dominated the match for so long and I am happy we played good football for 90 minutes," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"We suffered too much on set plays, which doesn't happen to us every day. Libor Kozak came on for the second half and certainly gave us the necessary push and created more space for Sergio Floccari.

"In the first half we tried, but after the first goal started to get passes wrong and lost our way. The team has great character and we saw it tonight [Thursday] by the way they played right to the end for the result." 

It also proved to the coach that his Lazio side have the attacking capabilities to take a game by the scruff of its neck. Their gung-ho attitude had led to some entertaining wins earlier in the season but they have struggled to eke out wins, having failed to grab all three points in their past four Serie A fixtures. 

"I am very happy to have rediscovered the Lazio I last saw a few months ago," he continued. 

"We are alive, playing good football and I hope we can take the same approach in the second leg with numerous fans putting pressure on the visitors the way we experienced it in Germany."

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