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Nzonzi: We are not afraid of Lazio

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Steven Nzonzi is confident of a Roma win when they confront city rivals Lazio in Saturday’s Derby della Capitale.

Roma are currently on a five-game unbeaten run having won the last four, since their 7-1 reverse to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia.

And World Cup-winning midfielder, Nzonzi believes his side have hit form at the right time.

“It’ll be a battle like and more than any other game,” the midfielder said in a quote cited on Football Italia.

“It’ll be a special match for the club and fans. We won the first game [against Lazio], it wasn’t easy and another difficult game awaits us, but we’re ready.

“We’re not afraid of Lazio, we know they’re a good team with some good individuals, who are doing well. They’re also strong and solid collectively.

“We’re approaching the final part of the season and we’ve entered a crucial phase. We weren’t in a good way a few months ago, but we remembered there was still a lot of the season left.

“It’s more important to finish the season well than do well at the beginning. Now only winning and staying near the top counts.

Nzonzi equally hinted on the need to maintain their winning run until the end of the season.

“The derby will be the first of a series of decisive games, so picking up a good result is important.

“It’ll also serve as a boost for the games that follow. The good thing is that the team are improving, and we’ll try to reach our objective of fourth place or, if possible, even higher.

“Lazio and Porto two very demanding games mentally and physically. They’re two games in which we’ll have to give 100 percent.

“It’ll be crucial after the game against Lazio to rest and recover well. These are matches we can’t wait to play in. I’m optimistic and confident about the result.”