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  15/09/2011: Reja: We want the final
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British bookies already see Lazio as a finalist, but Edy Reja is careful: “We hope to win the League Europe, to reach the end. We will, however, play one game at a time. The roster is set up to play in all three competitions. The draw with Milan gave us security, I did not have any doubts in the team”. The coach spoke about the coming encounter with Vaslui : “ We do not fear anyone, but yet we do not underestimate them too. We will have respect”.

Almost a week after the impressive game against Milan, Lazio return to Europe. “I hope the mentality is the same. There is desire to improve and we will give our best. We were a little bit unlucky – said Reja – because I’d prefer to play away at 7pm and then at home at 9pm just to have more fans in the stands”.

But this does not bother captain Rocchi, who will try to reach his 100 goal mark tonight. “It would be great tomorrow (e.g. today) to reach 100 goals for Lazio. If I don’t do it against Vaslui, I’ll try Sunday after Sunday. I have no anxiety, I just want to help the team”. Rocchi was asked if he would like to reach Signori’s mark of 127 goals: “It is normal my target to be to score more goals. There are players, who have scored more goals, and achieving that will not be easy. I will do it one step at a time, for now I don’t look to far in the future”. Tomorrow the captain will lead the attack in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Reja had  some good words for Tommy: “He is a great attacker not for what he did, but will be for what he gives me tomorrow. The team must use his main characteristics”.

For Rocchi it will be first time to team up with Cisse: “ I’m fine with Djibril being my partner at attack – says Rocchi – because he is a striker, who moves and flips. He is a player who goes well with my characteristics. He comes back to take the ball and I use the free spaces”. Cisse will start on the left wing, with Gonzalez on the right. It would have been Mauri between them, but a knock received in the afternoon training will se Hernanes taking his spot. In midfield Ledesma will be able to partner up with Matuzalem. The Brazilian is in form not seen in years: willing, lucid and physically healthy. A good thing for Reja, who has to deal with Cana. The Albanian trained with Radu separately. “The idea is to alternate Brocchi, Ledesma and Matuzalem. Sunday I could rest the Argentinean, but it depends on how much will he be exhausted tomorrow (e.g. today) night. In defense Zauri will receive a new chance after the bad game he had at San Siro. “He failed to the test –said Reja – but will have the time to rebuild him self quickly”. On the left Lulic will debut: “He has made progress on defending and I want to try him in the role, for which we have taken him. He just needs to grow”. Also under the microscope is Diakite: “He has matured a lot from a technical point of view – the coach admits – and I expect a lot from him this season”. Marchetti will start between the post, as expected.

Six new faces will appear for Lazio tonight. “We want to be competitive this season in all competitions and looking at the calendar we have a game every three days with little time to recover. It will be important to have the same intensity every game. I have many players with the same values. Of course it will disturb our tactics”. The 4-2-3-1 will the a dogma this season, with Cisse and Klose being starters. Even Rocchi admits: “They are giving something more to this team. They have experience and quality and despite the age, they don’t feel satisfied to win and score goals. The coach makes the decisions and I love to take my responsibilities. I only hope to play with continuity and to find my space in the team, to show my worth. Certainly it is a pleasure to be the captain of a team that strong. I do not choose between League Europe, Seria A and The Cup, because we face every game at 100% to get the best results. We have a winning mentality and we want to get to the end” - Rocchi is quoted by the

(Georgi Angelov)

Robert 9/19/2011 9:00:41 AM
you want to do somthing out of this team ?? attack you silly and stop being so content whenever u get a goal !! ...and get rid of this chitty zauri
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