Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has warned his teammates not to “underestimate” today’s Coppa Italia opponents Novara.

The Round of 16 kicks off at 14.00 GMT and the winners go on to face either Inter or Benevento. Click here for the line-ups.

Novara are the minnows of the tournament, as they play in Serie C – the third tier of Italian football.

“We have never underestimated anyone and we won’t make that mistake this time either,” insisted Strakosha to Lazio Style Channel.

“When you step on to that field, there are no divisions, we just have to give our all to qualify. We want to start 2019 on the right foot and for that we need a victory.

“The squad is highly-motivated and well-rested after the winter break. We’ve got a good chance of ending this season better than we did the last.”

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