Edy Reja spoke to Mediaset as Lazio ended their season winning over Lecce in Via del Mare 2-4. The coach was proud of the season, yet disappointed to have failed to grasp champions league qualification.
A positive season by all means where Lazio were able to grasp the fifth position in the standings, qualifying for Europa League, and ending the season ahead of arch-rivals Roma for the first time in 8 years. After last season's relegation battle, it was only normal that the whole atmosphere around the club was that of satisfaction, despite being disappointed at failing to secure Champions League qualification. Edy Reja was not different, speaking to Mediaset after the game, Reja said:
"It feels sad to be on the same level of points as Udinese and then fail to grasp the qualification. Had we scored more goals during the season, things could have ended differently. In the last game against Udinese, we wasted so many chances and a penalty, it was not meant to be..." said a bitter Reja.
But Reja has reiterated that the season remains a very positive one: "We cannot but congratulate the team for a wonderful season. We have qualified to Europe, and compared to last year, there has been tremendous growth. Yes we would have liked to qualify for the champions league, but we did well nonetheless."
Had Milan been able to win Udinese in the Fruili, things would have been different, but Edy Reja throughout all his statements over the week was not hopeful of a rossoneri favor:
"Milan have already been crowned as champions, and Udinese only needed a point, I did not expect any favors. We had no favors this season, on the contrary, we have been penalized by some incidents." said Reja.
But as the season is now over, everyone will start to look for the coming season, the mercato, and the challenge of repeating a very good season and why not an even better one next year.
"It will not be easy to improve a squad that already got 66 points this season, but we will try. The president is determined to improve the team, and we will discuss on the logistics of doing this." concluded Reja.