Lazio looks to extend unbeaten record to 17
MILAN (AP) — Lazio will be looking to extend its unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 when it takes on Chievo Verona on Saturday in the Serie A.
Lazio was held to 2-2 at struggling Palermo last weekend, slipping to five points behind league leader Juventus. However, the Rome club is full of confidence after a late equalizer saw it draw 1-1 at Juventus in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals on Tuesday.
Juventus hosts relegation-threatened Genoa, while Napoli — which is level on points with Lazio — visits Parma.
"Now we're thinking about the league match which is very important and then we'll worry about the return match," Lazio captain Stefano Mauri said. "They have to score a goal, but we want to have a great game ... we'll see how it goes.
"Against Palermo we saw that when we let them have space, we get in difficulty. We seem to lack something against less prestigious teams, we need to be meaner, especially in the opening stages. In contrast, against more important opponents, we have never made mistakes."
Midfielder Abdoulay Konko has recovered from injury but striker Miroslav Klose remains a doubt.
Chievo has won once in its past four games and slipped to 12th.
Juventus stretched its lead at the top of the table last weekend after getting back to winning ways against Udinese.
It has been further boosted this week by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signing a two-year extension to his contract and the confirmation that Fernando Llorente will join in the summer on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.
With the Champions League restarting next month, and a last-16 tie against Celtic, Juventus is firmly on course to win an impressive treble.
"We want to progress in every competition," Andrea Barzagli said. "We certainly don't put one ahead of another.