Edy Reja concedes third place for Lazio would be “a miracle” between injuries, bans, fatigue and two red cards in tonight’s defeat to Bologna.
The Biancocelesti were still celebrating the derby victory, but fell 3-1 at the Olimpico this evening with Francelino Matuzalem and Alejandro Gonzalez sent off.
“Our attitude was not particularly positive at the start and you pay for that against a dangerous team like Bologna,” said the Coach.
“Unfortunately the players I field are always the same ones, as for example Cristian Ledesma and Gonzalez are playing non-stop.
“In any case, up until Matuzalem’s dismissal we were entirely in the game, then the second red card definitively put an end to our hopes. I don’t think Matuzalem deserved any more than a yellow, as he was just trying to shrug off Alessandro Diamanti.
“There’s no point crying over spilt milk, though, so we just have to keep going forward. I have to thank the fans, who supported us even when we were left with nine men. Admittedly, Lazio are not in the best condition right now.”
Udinese also lost to Novara this evening, allowing Lazio to keep third place even after this setback.
“To finish third would be a bit of a miracle considering the strength of our rivals. Over the week we have to think of some new options, seeing as I am losing another two midfielders to suspension.”
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