Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Lazio unveil new coach Ballardini

Lazio presented new coach Davide Ballardini to the media after he signed a two-year deal to replace Delio Rossi.

President Claudio Lotito & Davide BallardiniRossi stepped down last week after four seasons in charge, having last season steered his side to victory in the Coppa Italia, tenth place in Serie A and a slot in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.

Ballardini, who has an option on his Lazio contract for a further year, took Palermo to eighth in the table last term and had a three-year deal with the Sicilian club.

"Lazio will have a clear objective next season: to be competitive against any opponents in any competition," said Ballardini.

"The quality of the players in the squad is crucial for achieving good results and then it comes down the tactical aspect of the game. It is too early to say how Lazio will play but I have clear ideas on how to get the most out of my players."

The 45-year-old is seen a miracle worker in Sardinia, having rescued Cagliari when he took over in January of last year.

Cagliari had collected just ten points under his predecessor Nedo Sonetti, but were transformed by Ballardini, who engineered an astonishing run of victories in the latter stages of the season to avoid the drop into Serie B.

Source: UEFA

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