Sunday March 16 2014
Reja: 'Lazio can get into Europe'

Edy Reja again appealed to the Lazio fans after their victory in Cagliari put them back in the running for Europe.

“The team gave a strong response, as we were coming off a home defeat and they put in a good performance,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia of the 2-0 result.

“During the week we felt more motivated, perhaps because of the atmosphere that had been created last week at the Olimpico, which is a shame.

“If we continue along this path then I think we can do well until the end of the season. We can conquer the fans back via results. If the Biancocelesti population is behind us, then we can do even more.

“Today the lads played with the right character, the right mentality and style of football. We’ll give it our all, but are aware European qualification doesn’t just depend on us.

“The team had a bad start to the season, but we are now back in the running for the objectives we had set.”

Reja has changed his tactics recently, adopting a 4-3-3 formation with Senad Lulic – who scored today – out wide.

“The midfield was a little insecure at the start, so I tried to protect the defence, but now we can pull more strings in attack to set up great players like Keita and Lulic. With three midfielders who rotate positions, they are an important element of the team.

“Keita is a teenager, but he is improving all the time, starting to win back possession too and is strong in attack. He has technical quality, physical strength and can take players on one-on-one. The one thing I want him to do is get back on his feet, as sometimes after a foul he sits there for two or three minutes.”

Despite Lazio’s domination, Cagliari had the opportunity to equalise when Mauricio Pinilla fired a penalty wide.

“Considering all the chances we had, I don’t know what would’ve happened if that penalty had gone in. We might even have lost. I hope it teaches us that you’ve got to take your opportunities or you risk suffering and throwing points away.”

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