In a strange press conference, Edy Reja refused to deny he resigned from the Lazio job ahead of tomorrow’s Atletico Madrid game. “We had a difference of opinion.”
He is in Madrid and spoke to the media at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, but refused to clarify the situation.
“How do I see my future? You know my future. I will only think about the game we are playing tomorrow night. At the moment this is my future, then we’ll talk about it at the end of the game,” said a visibly emotional Reja.
“We are here to honour the game. We all know the first leg result and the value of our opponents.”
Atletico Madrid won 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico, so it would take a miracle for the injury-ravaged Lazio to qualify.
The Coach was asked if he had anything to say about what happened today.
“I can simply say there was a difference of opinion. That’s the end of the matter. I intend to speak exclusively about tomorrow’s match.
“Logically we are not in great shape, especially as we are coming off some poor results. In terms of morale we are not doing well, but this match must be honoured and we’ll do all we possibly can with the remains of the squad.
“We had two days of rest and all I hope for is that there are no more injuries. I hope to get Matuzalem back and we’ll see tomorrow what condition he is in.”
Reja was then asked if the players would suffer in the current situation.
“The lads have always given their all regardless of who was in charge. They play for the club and the Lazio colours. Since I’ve been here, they have always given the maximum effort. In my view that is important and should be underlined.”
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