Tuesday December 20 2011
Reja trusts in Cisse

Lazio Coach Edy Reja insists he has faith in Djibril Cissè, but warns Chievo can cause them an upset.

There have been reports that Cissè could leave in January after failing to score in Serie A since the opening weekend.

“Cissè is a proud lad who can’t stand this sort of performance,” explained Reja. “He seems to be physically fit, now he just needs to rediscover that faith in himself.

“I hope it can happen tomorrow, because my intention is to play him and I’d like for Cissè to break his drought, as he can give us a big hand.”

The Biancocelesti are the favourites against Chievo on Wednesday night, but their Coach is taking nothing for granted.

“It won’t be an easy game. There is no such thing as a guaranteed result in Serie A, but Lazio have to try to win them all. It’s what we tried to do against Udinese on Sunday night, even if there was some criticism over the change of tactics.

“I think we put in a great performance in that draw with Udinese, playing with real intensity. I can categorically rule out claims my players are already thinking about their holidays. They want to end the year on a high.

“We already know that we tend to struggle on home turf, but if we play with our real abilities and confidence, and the fans give us a hand, then we can do it together. We have all got to convince ourselves that we are a top level club.”

The Lazio injury crisis continues, as Cristian Brocchi, Federico Marchetti, Stefano Mauri, Francelino Matuzalem, Simone Del Nero and Stephen Makinwa are joined by Giuseppe Sculli.