Cragnotti effectively dismissed his club's chances of sustaining a Serie A championship challenge, the day after Lazio lost 4-1 at Foggia - a game which saw a red card for the Lazio defender, Giuseppe Favalli, and a booking for England's Paul Gascoigne.
'This team doesn't have the winning mentality that I want it to have,' Cragnotti said. 'Having gone two goals down, the team tried to fight back but after scoring the goal that made it 2-1, we sat back and opted to try and strike on the counter attack. That's not what we wanted at all: what good was a draw to us?
'I was looking for a win but instead I got a severe drubbing which signals a definite re-assessment of our ambitions. Whatever else, we had better forget the title contest.'
Cragnotti has spent about pounds 41m in the last two years, trying to assemble a side capable of challenging Milan at the top of the table. After Sunday's loss, Lazio are in fifth place, six points behind the leaders, Milan, at the half-way stage of the season. Their chances of winning the title for the first time since their only triumph in 1974 now look remote, despite Zoff being allowed to spend a fortune on Gascoigne, Aron Winter, Alen Boksic, Giuseppe Signori, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Diego Fuser and others.
Zdenek Zeman, the Czech coach of Foggia, has been linked with a move to Lazio in the summer. However, he has also been mentioned as a candidate for a possible vacancy at Internazionale, whose coach, Osvaldo Bagnoli, is another man under pressure after his side lost at Reggiana on Sunday - their third defeat in eight days.Reuse content