Saturday December 17 2011
Reja didn't want Atletico

Edy Reja admits he was hoping Lazio would get an easier Europa League draw than Atletico Madrid.

“We avoided the English clubs, but Atletico Madrid are a very strong side and beating them will be tough,” said the Coach.

The Spaniards won the trophy in 2010 and dominated their group this season, including a 4-0 demolition of Udinese.

As Lazio were runners-up in their group, they will play the first leg on home turf.

“I trust in the Stadio Olimpico to help us,” added Reja. “It is an arduous task, but it’s always a pleasure to play against teams of this magnitude.”

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