Former Lazio forward Fabio Poli discussed Lazio’s performances in the Champions League so far this season and the Biancocelesti’s upcoming opponents in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio earlier today.

First, he spoke about 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 64.

I have always admired Paolo Rossi, I remember when I was 20 years old I played against him in a match against Juventus. He was an atypical striker, but he knew how to play and score goals.

Football is losing many heroes. People and players like him have given so much to the sport and the public in a genuine way.

He commented on the Biancocelesti’s work in Europe this campaign.

Lazio had a great run in the Champions League, as did Atalanta. Without pressure and with organization and quality, they were able to play excellent football and reach the Round of 16 of the competition.

I hope that the Biancocelesti do not draw Bayern or Liverpool, the main favorites. The others are great teams, but they’re not as organized and so they’re manageable.

The 58-year-old Italian discussed Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

If he finds consistency, he would be an absolute top player. He has shown his qualities, but he should be more consistent in his performances.

Finally, Poli looked ahead to Lazio’s next opponents, Hellas Verona.

Despite their issues, Hellas Verona continues to get results, a sign of corporate organization and a coach who is proving to be up to the challenge of Serie A.

It will be a difficult match for Lazio, against a team that is well positioned. Concentration will be needed for the whole 90 minutes.