Monday September 12 2011
Reja: I had hoped to win at San Siro

Edy Reja has reflected on Lazio's San Siro draw with Milan, but where he praised his new strikers, he also asked for improvement from the team.

Reja was talking to Lazio Style Radio today and when asked of his views on how Friday night's opening draw to defending champions Milan went, responded with a mixed mood:

"I had hoped to return home with a victory. We dominated the field in the first portion of the game, but then didn't always play as we did in that opening first half hour, missing the same movement and possession.

"We did play well both tactically and technically, but Milan had us on the ropes when we no longer had the strength to reply. At San Siro, there may have been these problems, but the team has always responded well."

On the goal-scoring debuts of Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse, Reja reflected: "The first game was special. They interacted well and concluded important performances with goals.

"They can do even better when they become more familiar [with the League]. Klose played twice with Germany [in the international break] and at half-time had an ankle problem, but he chose to stay on the pitch for as long as he did.

"Cisse is always looks to the goal, never thinks twice, and his decisions are sharp. When he takes possession of the ball he is determined.

Former Napoli boss Reja admitted he is likely to ring the changes for the Aquile's midweek Europa League tie with Vaslui, expecting to make 'four to five changes' but remained optimistic of the team's capacity to build on Week 2's result:

"We scored two stupendous goals and caused problems for Italian champions Milan for half an hour. Now we need to increase our pressure for the duration of games, bring it up by 60 minutes."

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