Former Lazio forward Fabio Poli discussed the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich and the upcoming Serie A clash against Bologna in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today.

It’s not easy, but you also have to be aware of who you’re up against. The defeat was the result of serious mistakes made by Lazio. They are a physical and organised team with great quality, but Lazio gave them a great opportunity.

The first and third goals were really serious mistakes for players who are in the Champions League. It’s difficult to put this black day behind us, but we have to think about the future, about other objectives. We have to think that we were up against the best team in the world.

He looked ahead to the second leg, scheduled for the 17th March in Germany.

You risk making an even worse impression at the return leg if you go there with the idea of being beaten. We have to go there with the awareness that even that match must serve to grow.

Lazio are not what they were last night, there was also fear. The next match must be a challenge that can give the Biancocelesti the motivation and confidence to become great.

The former Bologna forward also touched on back passes.

It’s the fashion, but it can’t be exaggerated. I think we have to do a little bit and a little bit. Just a little bit is enough, a small mistake makes you look bad.

And then it also depends on the technical quality you have. For example, Bologna cannot afford to play this game. Their goalkeeper is a disaster with his feet!

Finally, Poli spoke about various problems at Bologna currently.

The absence of Tomiyasu and Djiks are very important for this team. It’s a pity that Hickey doesn’t play, for me the disqualification is also unfair.

I hope Bologna don’t take the field with little conviction, thinking that Lazio have taken this beating and don’t know how to recover.

I think they’re very angry and they want to show that they’re not the team they were the other day.

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