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Double success for Lazio.

Lazio coach Sven Goran Eriksson praised his side's performance in securing their second trophy inside five days after they claimed the Italian Cup on Thursday and said he would be delighted to see Christian Vieri back at the Rome club next season.

Lazio claimed the league and cup double on Thursday when they drew 0-0 with Vieri's Inter Milan in the second-leg of the Italian Cup final at the San Siro stadium to win the final 2-1 on aggregate.

Lazio were crowned Serie A champions on Sunday for only the second time in their history in a dramatic end to the league campaign.

'It has been a beautiful week, you don't get many weeks in football like that. I have to congratulate the team. I honestly didn't think they could recharge their batteries after winning the league just a few days ago,' said the Swedish coach.

Italy striker Christian Vieri returned to action for Inter in the final after almost two months out of action with a thigh injury.

Vieri, sold by Lazio to Inter less than a year ago for a world record 33 million transfer fee, has been linked with a move back to Rome after Lazio president Sergio Cragnotti said he wanted the player.

Eriksson said he would be pleased to see Vieri back in a light blue shirt, 'Who wouldn't want Vieri? Of course I would like him. Find me a coach or club president who would not want Vieri'.

Inter had begun the match brightly but lacked punch in the second half until they went close three times in the final 10 minutes but Eriksson said his team's attitude had impressed him the most.

'Inter were very determined, they definitely tried to win the match, the biggest surprise for me was Lazio's mental performance because it was superb and a great show of maturity.'

Eriksson defended the Italian Cup from critics who suggest it has now become little more than a minor distraction for the big clubs.

'The league title is worth more than the Cup that is true. But it is people who don't reach the final who say this is a 'little Cup' - I prefer to win lots of little cups, this one will stay in our trophy cupboard at Lazio for always.'

 

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