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Inzaghi: Players must take responsibility for poor performances

AC Milan's dressing areaAC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi has urged his players to stand up and be counted ahead of Saturday’s Italian Serie A game at Lazio. The Rossoneri had ended 2014 in style, beating Napoli 2-0 before holding Roma to a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

However, Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Atalanta was Milan’s second loss in their last three league games and with just one win collected in their past six Serie A encounters, Inzaghi knows his side must do better.

“We all have to be aware that we have the obligation to do more,” Inzaghi told his club’s official website. “This side hasn’t become useless in two weeks. With work and desire we will get back to the levels of two weeks ago.

“We have to pick ourselves up right away. I have told my players that they have to take responsibility and be aware of what was missing. I will try to give confidence back to this team which seems to have been lost.”

Milan head to Rome in eighth position in the standings, seven points adrift of third-place Napoli, who hold the last UEFA Champions League qualifying spot. The Rossoneri have struggled in front of goal, scoring three goals in their last four league games. Rivals Lazio lost 1-0 at home to Napoli last time out to see the Naples outfit leapfrog them in the standings.

The Biancoceleste have won just one of their last four league games and are in fifth place, two points adrift of Napoli.

“We are not giving up,” Lazio coach Stefano Pioli said. “We want to remain in the high positions of the standings. Our aim is to return to Europe. We want to try to qualify for the Champions League, although a Europa League place would also be a good result.”

Milan, who have not won on the road since beating Hellas Verona 3-1 on 19 October, are without defender Adil Rami, who is suspended. Lazio will be bolstered by the return of midfielder Stefano Mauri from injury.