When Lazio was drawn into Champions League Group F with Borussia Dortmund and two teams that won their respective leagues last season, some presumed that the Italian side would have a difficult time qualifying. But in the end, Lazio clinched a spot in the Champions League knockout stage in impressive fashion as the Italian side finished undefeated over the six fixtures.

Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt appeared in six of Lazio’s Champions League group stage fixtures this season with five of them coming in starts. It was a challenge for Hoedt, but he is more so thrilled with having clinched a spot in the final 16 of the competition. Hoedt spoke further on his thoughts with Lazio’s Champions League group stage run in post-game comments relayed by the Italian-based outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.

The group was not easy. Dortmund, Zenit and Bruges almost always play in the Champions League. We deserved to go through because we never lost. We are strong and we have shown it. We have had so many problems, with some matches without many players. We deserved to go through.

With the Champions League group stage now over with, Lazio now keeps its focus centered on Serie A this season along with the upcoming Champions League knockout stage draw on Monday.

Now let’s think about the championship, and then we see what happens in the draw. Nothing changes for us between the opponents. I will give my best every day. There is still a long way to go. This team is stronger now. I think I’m in a top team.

As mentioned, the Champions League knockout stage draw will be held this Monday where Lazio will find out which of Europe’s elites will the Italian side take on in the Round of 16.