Friday October 14 2011
Reja: Lazio need heart

Lazio boss Edy Reja is confident that he can win his first capital derby against Roma this weekend.

The tactician has remarkably lost all four matches against the Giallorossi while he's been on the Lazio bench.

That statistic even saw Roma captain Francesco Totti yesterday joke that Reja was his club's lucky charm in the Olimpico clash.

However, Reja has brushed that remark to one side while speaking with Radio Sei ahead of Sunday's clash.

"We have the need for concentration," he stated. "We have to just focus on the game itself in order to put in a great performance. We are all expecting that to happen.

"My job is to just get the team in the right frame of mind, keep them calm and give them balance."

While his Lazio side will have to be up to the task tactically, the former Napoli boss has also asked his troops for even more.

"We have to go on to the pitch with our hearts," he continued. "If you play with your heart then you'll be able to take home the right result."

Although Reja has never won the tie in question, he's adamant that he is wise enough to cope with the pressure on his shoulders.

"The derby is something extraordinary, but I have enough experience to know how to deal with these things," he added.

"I just continue to ask the fans to stay close to the team, even in the bad times, because we are a good group.

"We promise to give our best, especially in the derby seeing as that is a fundamental game for us."

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