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  29/09/2011: Reja: Lazio can embarass Sporting
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“Sporting has a very strong team. We have to curb their attacks in the early stage and turn the game around, we must stay on hold. We also have arrows in our bow to make things difficult for them” – said Edy Reja before tonight’s game against Sporting for corrieredellosport.it. It will be a very important game as the winner will be the considered the favorite in the D group of League Europe.

Lazio has a weapon of their own: Miroslav Klose. After the exams in Paideia clinic it is clear he has avoided injury to his right calf. However coach Reja has not decided yet to play Klose as he has stated there is still time to make the decision. If Klose is not considered fit Cisse could take his place. The one who will play for sure is captain Tommaso Rocchi in search of his 100 goal mark for Lazio. Other departments of the team look certain: Marchetti in goal, the defense will not be changed since the last game with Palermo: Konko, Dias, Diakite, Lulic (Radu will be on the bench). In midfield there could be changes as Ledesma and Matuzalem may get a rest meaning Cana, Brocchi and Gonzalez will take over with Hernanes behind the strikers.

In Sporting the spirits are high: “ We play at home and we will do what we always do: take the game in our hands and try to score from the first minute” – warns Sporting’s coach Domingos Paciencia. He also has problems with the health of his players: Izmailov, Jeffren Pereirinha, Rodriguez. Lazio should be aware from the Dutch striker Van Wolfswinkel and the Bulgarian Bojinov, who is a known face for the Italians as he has played for Lecce, Fiorentina, Juventus and Parma.

(Georgi Angelov)

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