Edy Reja beat Roma for the first time in his career and ended Lazio's derby curse. “For a while I thought it wasn't going to happen!”
Miroslav Klose certainly left it late, scoring with practically the last kick of the game for a 2-1 victory.
“We really needed this, though for a while I thought it wasn't going to happen! We hit the woodwork twice and had so many good chances, then a few seconds from the end the ball went in,” grinned the Coach who had lost four derbies on the bounce.
“We gave this great moment of joy to our fans, who followed and supported us. After this win, I hope that we can calm the atmosphere and make peace with certain sections of the fanbase.
“Now let us look ahead, for we are a point behind the Serie A leaders and we've won the derby.”
Pablo Osvaldo had given Roma the lead, but the game changed when Simon Kjaer saw red and gave away a penalty for bringing down Cristian Brocchi.
“Lazio showed great character to come back into the game and thankfully Brocchi went for that run through the middle. Roma pushed down the flanks, but were leaving Gabriel Heinze and Kjaer on their own.
“We had prepared for their tactics, though in the first half were tentative and nervous. It went much better in the second half, especially in terms of counter-attacking with our midfielders.
“Klose got the goal, though at times you see him play and think he's half-asleep, but that's when you're not expecting it and he suddenly bursts into action.”
Reja was sent off in stoppages during the chaotic celebrations on the touchline.
“The referee reminded me I couldn't leave the technical area, but how could I stay on the bench? I had to celebrate with my players.”