Lazio beat Marseille in the Europa League and qualified for the round-of-32 of the competition. At the end of the match Kevin Strootman answered the questions of the present reporters: “To lose is always difficult, however it is nice to play at the Olimpico even if it’s in a different atmosphere to the one I am used to. In any case, losing is not nice. I think Lazio deserved to win the first leg, then here we had the opportunity to take the lead in the first half. The biancocelesti are a very good team to score and score easily. They have a very strong attack. We could have done better, we are out of the Europa League and now we have to work to do well on Sunday and win the game. We did not expect this trend in the Europa League, last year the team made it to the final, this year after four games we have only collected only one point. It’s too little for us, we could do better. Now we have to be mentally strong because we are in a difficult moment, we must be united to work better, win and get out of it. This was a different game than when I was playing with Roma. Now we have to improve to get to the Champions League and reach that level. It would still be better to play against the Giallorossi at the Olimpico in the future compared to tonight. Who is stronger between Lazio and Roma? I do not know, I prefer not to answer … “.
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