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  28/11/2014: Reja: "I do not regret recommending Pioli to Lotito"
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Edy Reja has expressed his opinion on Stefano Pioli and Lazio in an interview with Il Messaggero:

"I do not regret recommending Pioli to Lotito. He and Lazio can have a vintage season, especially with no mid-week games."

"I saw the calendar [before the season began], it is good and must be exploited until the fifteenth day. There may be a setback, but you must move on immediately."

"I don't know why Lazio cannot recover when at a disadvantage, but I know many Lazio players and I know they have the character and conviction to react. They have demonstrated that in the past, and they can beat the big teams. Lazio can beat Napoli and Inter. The derby, you know, is a story in itself."

"I think we will achieve our goal, in fact, I am certain. This team has values and the squad is adequate for reaching Europe. At least from the waist up. The midfield and forward line of Lazio is very strong. It is true, there are some difficulties in defence. Gentiletti was a big loss. We must solve the problem in defence. I've always said, [Stefan Radu] is an important asset for me, and can play in the centre."

"Against teams of certain quality, perhaps we can be more careful with the balance and make some corrections, but this way of playing will eventually pay off. Pioli's philosophy is to always play to win. The team seems to have adopted this doctrine. And if the coach and the players are convinced, we just go on like this, without coming down."

Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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