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Lazio still in hunt for Champions League spot

SoccerNews in Serie A, UEFA Champions League 10 Apr 2011

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Lazio coach Edy Reja needs his first-choice players to get the job done as the team go in search of Champions League qualification.

Reja’s side went down 4-3 away to title challengers Napoli last Sunday.

But they remain within two points of Udinese, who occupy fourth – the last European Cup qualification place.

Lazio boast a game in hand over Udinese and are at home to a struggling Parma team in their next match.

But with no reinforcements available at this late stage of the season, Reja will need his regulars to dig deep as they attempt to maintain their challenge.

“We don’t have many alternatives, we need to believe in it and play a great match, with our usual attention, but we don’t have alternatives,” Reja said.

“I think the team is in good shape from a physical point of view, considering the match we played in Napoli too. We must start from that match.”

“In my opinion they (Parma) have important means and important single players, because (Blerim) Dzemaili is an excellent player, as well as (Francesco) Valiani and (Daniele ) Galloppa.”

“I don’t know who is going to play tomorrow, but they’re definitely a team with great single players.”

Reja was in no mood to discuss the other potential challengers for fourth place, preferring to focus only on the forthcoming match.

“It only matters (if) Lazio will win against Parma, because I think this is the result we are interested in if we still want to battle for the Champions League,” he said.

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