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  21/08/2011: The Zarate problem
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Solving the case with their star Mauro Zarate has been a priority one task for Lazio according to The situation should be resolved quickly, as stalling may cause problems in the locker room and destroy the good atmosphere in the team. The fans are also enthusiastic about this season, as 25,000 gathered to watch the game versus Rabotnicki. In that game the two new fan-favorites Klose and Cisse proved their class, even though the Macedonias can't match Lazio, the strikers proved their potential and Zarate's absence was overshadowed.

It was a technical decision confirmed Reja at the post-game conference. The coach indirectly said that Lazio are trying to sell Zarate for a figure around 20 millions. " I have too many alternatives, with good players who train and work well during the weeks." Zarate has not taken that well. It seems that as soon as he learned he will be out of the game he left Formello after a talk with sporting director Tare. When he returned in the morning he trained with the main group and not those excluded from the UEFA list.

In short - Zarate's future is uncertain 13 days before the closing of the transfer window. It is clear that Zarate was not allowed to play in this game from League Europe, so he can take part, eventually, in the Champions League for his future team. There are reports saying Arsenal scouts were in the stands of Olimpico, confirming the interest in the Argentinian. The selling of Fabregas and the received 40 million can also help the deal go through. As confirmed by his brother Sergio Mauro Zarate is not happy with the treatment he receives beginning with the exclusion from the Villarreal game and now the missed play-off with Rabotnicki. Even the fans begin to divide over this.

The same fans for the first time showed support to Reja with a banner "Reja the Curva Nord is with You" in the second half of the Rabotnicki game. This can only show the renewed enthusiasm in the fans. A gesture that has not gone unnoticed from Reja, who seems found the right formula for the attack with Cisse and Klose.  "After the boos for me I really liked that. When things don't go right I'm the first to be accused, but I think I'm considered  the only problem of Lazio."

(Georgi Angelov)
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