October 25, 2012
Lazio focused on Greek trip
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.0||1.7|
|Goals against *||0.7||0.7|
|Last 5 home||W-D-D||D-W-W-D-W|
|Last 5 away||L-L-L||L-W-D-W-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Panathinaikos | Lazio|
Lazio travel to Panathinaikos looking to maintain their challenge on both the domestic and international front with another three points the target in the Europa League.
The Italian side top Group J with four points from two games and go to Athens on the back of a 3-2 win over AC Milan which sees them lie third in Serie A, four points behind leaders Juventus.
Victory in the Greek capital and then in the return at the Stadio Olimpico in a fortnight will put the Italians in pole position while also probably dealing a fatal blow to Panathinaikos' hopes of progressing to the knockout stage.
Miroslav Klose was one of the goalscorers at the weekend and he is adamant the side cannot be distracted as they look to maintain their form.
He told Sky Sports Deutschland: "It is still too early to tell (how the season will go).
"I believe that to stay focused in every game is the most important thing, we have a good team and a great coach and this is fundamental.
"To continue to stay focused all the time and then in the future we will get the reward.''
Lazio will be looking to improve on last season when they were dumped out of the competition at the start of the knockout stages by eventual winners Atletico Madrid.
Since then, they have changed manager with Vladimir Petkovic replacing Edoardo Reja.
Klose has nothing but praise for the new boss, saying: "He is a very good coach and he's proving it.
"I really appreciate him because he is the one that keeps your focus and you do a lot of work for the team and this is very important.''
The hosts know they must at least avoid defeat after taking just one point from their two games, a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.