Friday Aug 22, 2014  
     
 
  06/03/2012: After a Fantastic Derby Win
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After a fantastic win in the Derby della Capitale, Lazio now find themselves in a very good position going into the final third of the season. Now out of Europe, the Biancoceleste are focusing solely on finishing highly in Serie A.

It is amazing to think that just ten days ago Edy Reja wanted out of the club, but the tactician and Lazio seemed to have put their troubles behind them, and now look like genuine contenders for Champions League qualification.

After the win against AS Roma, Reja stated that “There is a long way to go, we’re currently in a good position and I hope the team can maintain this concentration now that we’re no longer in Europe. Above all, we must try to recover physically”.

After a dismal month, Reja has got Lazio steady on their feet again with back to back Serie A wins. With just 12 matches remaining, the coach remains very confident he can lead Lazio to a better finish than last season’s fifth place.

Reja has almost got used to the fact that he cannot include the players he would prefer due to injuries. The defence has been a makeshift one for most of the year, but now they seemed to have found some consistency and the foundations are starting to look stronger than in recent months.

Stefano Mauri’s return to first team action has been a relief for the fans. The Captain showed just what the team had been missing with a tremendous performance against AS Roma. It is such a boost for Lazio knowing that Mauri will be there to help the team through to the end of the campaign.

Reja’s squad players have also been proving their worth in recent matches. Missing full backs Stefan Radu and Abdoulay Konko has been a blow but against AS Roma, replacements Lionel Scaloni and Javier Garrido also showed the quality they can add should they be required.

With the imminent return of key players such as, Senad Lulic, Tomasso Rocchi, Christian Brocchi and Lorik Cana. Lazio fans will be excited to see what Reja can do with a fully fit squad at his disposal. Despite never ending criticism, the Coach has performed miracles this year with an extremely thin squad.

Let’s not forget that Lazio have won more games than Juventus this season. If only poor early season performances had amounted to wins, the Biancoceleste could have found themselves second in the standings at this stage just behind Milan.

After back to back Derby wins and beating AS Roma as the away team for the first time in fourteen years, it just shows how far Reja has taken Lazio since being appointed. Jubilant scenes after the match between the Coach, players and the fans prove that no matter what gets thrown at Reja and his squad, they never give up.

The dream is still alive for the Biancoceleste, with no European football to get preoccupied with now, who knows how high Lazio can finish.

(Ben Lally)
 
 
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