Edy Reja is clinging to third place and warns Lazio they run a huge risk against Lecce. “In the moments that count, we step up.”
The Biancocelesti have stuttered lately, but remain in the Champions League qualifying spot thanks to the disappointing results of the other contenders.
“Does getting into the Champions League decide my future? I don’t think about that right now. My concentration is only on the next game,” said the Coach.
“Lazio do not get it wrong in the crucial situations. In the moments that count, we step up, and against Lecce the game is too important to make a mistake.
“Lecce are hungrier for points than anyone in Serie A and have been among the best since the halfway point of the season. My lads know they cannot underestimate this test. We must play as if we were facing Milan or Juventus.
“We need a victory to keep hold of third place, while following that up with Novara on Wednesday and again at Udinese next Sunday, we would make a potentially decisive step forward. It’s going to be difficult, but we will give our all.”
The injury crisis continues with the likes of Miroslav Klose, Senad Lulic, Cristian Brocchi, Abdoullay Konko and Stefano Mauri sidelined.
“These are crucial players for us and unfortunately we have a few problems,” continued Reja in his press conference.
“Lulic is partly my fault, as I re-introduced him too quickly. Before picking up the injury against Fiorentina, he was not in great shape, but I risked him anyway.
“In any case, we’ve been dealing with a crisis for the whole campaign and proved we can get through it. I just hope not to lose any more players. Francelino Matuzalem and Andre Dias trained the last few days and I hope they can both play.
“Hernanes is fired up, in good shape and knows he is important for this team. However, he mustn’t try to over-do it and put the whole weight of the team on his shoulders.”
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