Edy Reja believes Lazio managed to push past Zurich with “heart, but we have got to beat Vaslui” to qualify.
The Biancocelesti had only two points from their first three Europa League games before Cristian Brocchi came off the bench to score in tonight's 1-0 victory.
“It was a win from the heart,” said the Coach. “We struggled in the first half, but after the break with some good opportunities we were able to break the deadlock. In fact, we went close to making it 2-0.
“When Brocchi and Djibril Cissè came off the bench, the game changed. It's true that we are different when playing in Serie A, but Europe must be respected and played with the utmost intensity.”
Sporting looked to be comfortable, but were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Romanians Vaslui, which means Lazio are level in second place.
“Nothing is certain when it comes to qualification, but in order to go through we have to win away to Vaslui.”