Lazio Goalkeeper Reina: “At Napoli We Didn’t Start With This Enthusiasm”

Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina was positive after the team’s exciting 6-1 win over Spezia on Saturday.

Speaking to Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via LazioNews24) after the game, the 38-year-old Spanish goalkeeper first discussed his assist record, following his assist for Felipe Anderson in the match.

I don’t remember the numbers, I’ve been playing this game for a long time! I’m happy, we knew they were coming to get us high and we had that chance. 

They moved very well in the second half, then Felipe Anderson’s goal, he did everything. The sending off helped us.

The former Liverpool and Napoli man spoke about the team’s adaption to coach Maurizio Sarri’s tactical system and how the squad feel.

We know that we are a team under construction that plays differently, we need patience.

We’ll put everything into it to speed things up, but we’ve played two equal games, defeats will also come because it’s normal.

At Napoli we didn’t start with this enthusiasm. We’re on the right track and it’s good to have people who know Sarri.

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Reina spoke about Lazio’s opponents in their Europa League group – Olympique Marseille, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Great stimuli, they are real matches, almost Champions League games. It’s always better to play against great opponents, anyone can score points, we have to start well. 

Now we’ll rest, then we’ll think about everything.

The 38-year-old Spanish goalkeeper touched on the importance of building up from the back in Sarri’s system.

Today and against Empoli were similar games, they come to take us high, so sometimes we look for the 3 against 3 up front.

When we meet deeper sitting teams, we’ll build up.

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He commented on the importance of picking up points in the early stages of the season, when the team aren’t fully accustomed to Sarri’s style yet.

Scoring points now, in the build-up phase, is fundamental. Every point on the board is very important. 

Reading these games teaches us that there are also negative aspects to correct, because we can’t concede goals straight away.

Finally, Reina discussed the importance of the Lazio fans, who were key in the 6-1 win over Spezia on Saturday.

It’s a different matter, it’s a different kind of mood and concentration. 

The fans close to us are our daily bread, we share this victory with them in the hope of having many more.

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