Saturday May 14 2011
Reja: 'I believe in Champions League'

Lazio are back in fourth place awaiting Sunday's results. “I believe in the Champions League right to the end,” said Edy Reja.

The Biancocelesti's 4-2 win over Genoa propelled them ahead of Udinese and Roma, leaving the race wide open until the end of the season.

“I believe in the Champions League right to the end, even if the final game with Lecce certainly won't be easy, as they are fighting to stay in Serie A,” said the Coach.

“I hope today's victory can give us an extra boost, because we were coming off three costly defeats.”

Morale was rock bottom in the first half, as Genoa dominated possession and Lazio were jeered off the field by their own fans, but they were transformed after the break.

“The team was very tense in the first half and couldn't play football. I just told the lads they had to pick up the pace, because playing like that they risked throwing away an entire season.

“I can understand there was disappointment during the week, because the fear set in of not reaching the objective of Champions or Europa League, but they reacted after the break.”

The return of Tommaso Rocchi after a long injury lay-off also made the difference, as he scored a sensational goal.

“He is certainly a player we could've done with during this campaign. We've been unlucky with injuries and bans over the past month, but now we hope the side can at least qualify for Europe.”

Udinese travel to Chievo on Sunday, while Roma welcome Catania, so Reja can only sit at home and hope for some surprise results.

“I will not be watching the games, no. I don't like to wish ill upon others, but if some results came from Verona or Catania then I'd be pretty happy about it.

“The thing about this season is that there are no dead cert results. I therefore have faith above all in sport.”

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