Edy Reja explains why Lazio do better on their travels than at the Olimpico and reassures Tommaso Rocchi.
The Biancocelesti kept hold of joint second place with tonight's 3-0 result away to Cagliari, their fourth consecutive away victory.
“Why do we do better away from home? At the Olimpico we tend to meet teams who clam up, so it is difficult to find space,” said the Coach.
“Last week against Catania we created five scoring opportunities and didn't make the most of them, while we did tonight. That's the only difference.
“We have experience and character, because winning a game in Cagliari is not easy. Today we were relaxed and had belief in our abilities.”
Djibril Cissè provided two assists this evening, but was visibly unhappy at his substitution because his goal drought is dragging on.
“Cissè had a great game and worked hard for the team, so he is certainly becoming an important player. When the team wins, then he is happy, so he has to continue this way.”
Rocchi was a late substitute, but scored his 100th goal in a Lazio jersey.
“It would've been a huge party if he had got that goal at the Olimpico. If we move forward in the Europa League then he'll have more space, certainly, along with Libor Kozak. Until the midway stage of the season I'll keep the same basic line-up, then the time will come when Rocchi can be decisive.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!