Edy Reja believes tonight’s victory over Napoli “is worth double because it’s a head-to-head” as Lazio fly towards the Champions League.
Stefano Mauri’s sensational overhead kick was the highlight as the Biancocelesti beat the Partenopei 3-1 to leave them six points adrift.
“This win is worth double because it’s a head-to-head and now we have a six-point advantage over Napoli,” beamed the Coach.
“We struggled in midfield during the first half with Blerim Dzemaili pushing up, but after the break we went much better with Alejandro Gonzalez playing on the right. From that point on, it was the right performance.
“Napoli also lack sharpness at the moment, which is inevitable when you had to play in Europe for months. I hope our dip in form is only a passing phase, as we must maintain the level of intensity. Antonio Candreva has been jeered by our fans, so I hope this goal and performance can help him win them over and gain some confidence.
“It is very satisfying to have beaten Napoli 3-1 and we ought to feel proud. We had to win for Giorgio Chinaglia tonight. In fact, Mauri scored a goal very much like the ones he used to get.”
Napoli complained in the first half when Goran Pandev appeared to be barged off the ball, but no penalty was given.
“It was one of those fouls that sometimes they give and sometimes they don’t. In any case, I promised not to talk about referees anymore.”