Reja aiming to secure Lazio survival
Lazio coach Edy Reja has insisted that they will go for a win against Inter Milan, despite knowing that a victory would boost Roma's chances of winning the Scudetto.
Inter visit the Stadio Olimpico on the crest of a wave after booking their place in the Champions League final with a hard-fought victory over Barcelona on Wednesday, and will be looking for another win against Lazio to help retain their place at the top of Serie A.
But Reja insists his struggling side will be no pushovers, and even though he knows a positive result for the Bianconeri would hand the Serie A advantage to cross-city rivals Roma, he will be sending his players out to win.
"I'm sure we'll get a result, also because we need to," Reja said. "We'll tackle Inter as we did Roma two weeks ago. The derby didn't go well (a 2-1 defeat) but we hope things will change against Inter. It will be difficult because we're playing against a top drawer team but we'll try."
Although Lazio are still fighting to maintain their Serie A status, some Lazio fans have claimed that they will support Inter this weekend, as they hope to stop Roma winning the league.
But Reja is concerned only with Lazio. He said: "We know that it's like this but we're not safe yet. If we play like we did last time out against Genoa I don't think we'll lose to Inter."
Lazio are six points off the relegation zone with three games to go and head into Sunday's clash with Nerazzurri in great form, with four wins from their last five games. If they win and Atalanta lose to Bologna, Lazio will be safe.
"It will be a tough match against Inter," Lazio captain Tomasso Rocchi said. "It is important and will be very difficult.
Inter is a great team, but we are in good form and coming off the back of some good results to achieve our aim of avoiding relegation. We know that Atalanta can still catch us and so it leaves everything open."
Jose Mourinho could rest some of his players against Lazio after their midweek exertions against Barcelona, but have the advantage of knowing what they will need to do with Roma facing Parma on Saturday afternoon.
Roma will be looking to bounce back after their shock 2-1 home defeat to Champions League chasers Sampdoria, last weekend.