Schmidt downplays Lazio absentees

Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt has downplayed the significance of Lazio's injury absentees ahead of the second-leg of their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

The Biancocelesti edged out a 1-0 win in the first leg at Stadio Olimpico, but could be without Miroslav Klose (thigh) and Lucas Biglia (calf) for the return leg at BayArena.

However, Schmidt is not counting on their absence as an advantage, pointing to the capital club's 4-2 Serie A win over Napoli without the influential duo last season.

"I don't know whether it's an advantage," Schmidt said in his pre-match press conference.

"Lazio played their last game last season against Napoli, in a very important match, also without both players and won 4-2. I think Lazio has such a good squad to compensate for that.

"Of course Biglia is a very important player for this team in certain situations, but I think, just as we're missing some players, Lazio will also be able to compensate that.

"I think that won't be decisive for the game tomorrow."

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