Lazio veteran Pedro was all smiles after netting the last-minute winner in the 2-1 Champions League victory over Celtic.

The 36-year-old Spanish winger headed home the 96th minute goal to ensure the Biancocelesti ran away with all three points, a key result for Maurizio Sarri’s side after the draw with Atletico Madrid in their opening game.

Lazio are now hoping to build some momentum off this victory ahead of their clash with Atalanta on Sunday, another important match as the team look to start climbing back up the Serie A table.

Speaking to journalists at the mixed zone (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Pedro first discussed how it felt to score the winner for Lazio against Celtic.

Very happy to have scored, to have helped the team. This victory is very important for us, heavy at this moment. It’s a beautiful evening. This victory gives a lot, we are in a delicate moment, especially in the league.

In the Champions League, winning like this really brings a lot of joy, we will see if we can put in a good performance against Atalanta too, it will be a difficult match.

He spoke about his desire to be on the starting sheet.

This is what I work for, I always want to play. It’s definitely difficult, my teammates are doing very well.

I am available to the team, the coach decides what to do but the important thing is to work well and help the team, as we did today.

The 36-year-old commented on the Biancocelesti’s form and mentality after their tough start.

We are growing, little by little. Many new players have arrived. There’s a little something missing that we need to improve, but we need to continue.

I believe that the only thing missing is consistency of results, it would be important to continue with confidence and joy until the end of the season.

He was asked what stage this Lazio side were at.

Still too early to say anything. We need to improve these two or three things that are missing, then we can do what we did last year.

Finally, Pedro discussed his physical and mental state.

I’m fine, working to get in. Playing less is complicated for every player, but I continue to train to help the team, to be at my best.

Then it’s the coach who decides, I have to stay ready. I’m here and I want to continue here.

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