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Candreva: “Gesture Was Not Directed At Fans”
- Updated: April 2, 2014
Antonio Candreva was interviewed earlier today on Lazio Style Radio, where he discussed the 3-2 victory over Parma. He started the interview explaining his controversial gesture after scoring, which upset some of the Lazio fans. “My gesture was absolutely not directed towards the fans, with who I have a great relationship. I was upset at a newspaper article that portrayed me as a mercenary, which I am not. We need to win to stay attached to the Europa League train. We deserve it because we are a fantastic group, we are in the race. They [Parma] have great quality up top, they put Juve in difficulties. They are fighting for Europa, we know that we had to be alert.”
“Was this my most important goal? Yes, because it came as time was expiring and it allowed us to win. However now with Sampdoria coming here they will play their game. I have only been truly a player here, I was never able to find a sense of belonging that I have here. Even with mister Reja I have a great rapport, it’s impossible to not give my all for him.”
“Making the national team? My arrival at Lazio has giving me more responsibility as a man. To be a national team player is important: you need to set an example to the outside. Of course, everything has changed quickly. I am very happy to have been able to change everyone’s thinking towards me.”