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  05/03/2012: Reja: "I can coach for 10 more years"
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Edy Reja was in an evidently better place as he sung the praises of Lazio after a fantastic victory on Sunday afternoon:

"It has been a good Sunday" admitted the Lazio coach.

"There were differences in opinion which have since been clarified. We are doing well in the league, this was our goal, and we want to improve on our league position of last season. Lazio did well on the market and we are doing what we expected. There are still many matches though and we must maintain this position, I know that is often said, especially in Serie A."

The tactician admitted that he was not prepared to change approach when Stekelenburg saw red for taking Miroslav Klose down in his own box:

"We had prepared for the game in a certain way, we had a balance and we had it before the red card. We had a lot of the ball [when the score was 1-1] but nothing came of it, then at 2-1, we were worried because Roma have good players, yet we were confident enough in defence. We won, and that's what counts."

Asked again about his resignation, Reja went into more detail:

"It was due to situations which we have already spoken about. Different views, I did not accept interference from the President [Claudio Lotito], the Sport's Director [Igli Tare] and the senior management, even if they meant well with their actions. I was also upset about the defeat to Palermo. Zola? I had no problem with this news as Gianfranco is my firend. I felt the President would contact me if he wanted me to go. I would like Gianfranco to coach Lazio but hopefully as late as possible. He may be young, but I can still do ten more years as coach."

Edy Reja spoke of the squad's strength when asked about the injuries which have plagued Lazio's season so far:

"We had this emergency for quite a while but this is a special group who double their effort in these times. A unique group and I am proud of them. The results are no coincidence and there are some important elements in the locker room."

Speaking to mediaset, Reja admitted that going out of the Europa League was a frustrating blow as injuries meant that Lazio could not fight on two fronts. He stated that he met the President when he returned to Rome and was told that he was the coach for the future. Reja said the race for the Champions League place would be a hard fought battle between Napoli, Inter, Udinese and Lazio. The coach ended the interview by saying that he did not like the approach of his players in the first half and he requested that the midfield put more pressure on De Rossi and Heinze in order to pick up the ball in more areas

(Cathal Mullan)
 
 
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