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  16/12/2011: Edy Reja is satisfied: We deserved the qualification
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Lazio coach Edy Reja is satisfied with his team going to the next round of League Europe. And he doesn’t hide it: “It was particularly difficult, because I had no spare players. Rocchi also had fever in the morning before the game, but we brought him back on his feet for the match. I hope some players recover for Udinese and Chievo. We tried hard against Sporting, we had 5-6 players in their half. Sculli had a chance first and then when the goal came it was easier for the boys. The guys did a good job and deserved the qualification. We didn’t deserve to lose in Lisbon, but we did and the draw against Vaslui at Olimpico made it harder. In the tournaments you need international experience. We have it, but you always must be 100%.”

One player made a great impact on the game: Diakite. Reja didn’t let that go unnoticed: “He’s making great runs. He must maintain the humility and simplicity. He has a great physique.”

On the possible transfers Reja said: “First I want to recover all eight players that I’m missing right now. If something comes up the president will be available as usual.” – concluded Reja according to La Repubblica.

But Christmas maybe coming early for Edy Reja as couple of players are reported healthy for the Sunday clash with Udinese. Defenders Konko and Stankevicius are already training regularly. Radu is also improving, but eventual part in the game maybe not be safe for him. Less severe than expected is the situation with Albanian player Cana. He came out during the Sporting game with a knee contusion, but he could make it for Sunday also. The Brazilians Dias and Matuzalem are both fine, but have been out for a long time and may sit on the bench against Udinese.

(Georgi Angelov)

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