Thursday October 29 2020
Reina: 'We honoured the shirt'

Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina was ‘satisfied’ with a point in Bruges and said the ‘complicated match’ against Club Brugge will help the Aquile ‘mature’.

Joaquin Correa put the Biancocelesti in front, but a penalty helped the home side equalise and get the 1-1 draw, as Lazio had travelled to Belgium without 12 players due to injuries and last minute COVID-19 tests.

“We must be satisfied, it’s a step forward and a proof of the team’s great maturity in a moment of great difficulty,” Reina told Lazio Style Channel.

“We put determination and heart on the pitch and vi honoured the shirt. This is what I liked the most tonight.

“It was a complicated match, and we would have done something important with a win, but it was essential not to lose. Our spirit was great, and this match will help us mature even more.

“The 25 men in the squad are needed to cope with these moments, we must all be fundamental and whoever is available will do their all for the good of Lazio.

“There were many difficulties and what we did today was great stuff, and we must be satisfied.”

Lazio are tied on four points with Club Brugge after two rounds and Reina said the next two games against Zenit St Petersburg will be ‘decisive’ for Lazio’s season in the Champions League.

“This is a point gained because we know that in Europe the difficulties are greater,” he said. “Now there’s a double header against Zenit and we must be ready, because it will be decisive.”

“Today we had to adapt because of the many absences, but when we are a full squad, we will return to a 3-5-2 formation, which is our system.”