Lazio Goalkeeper Reina Is “Happy to Have Contributed” in Derby Win vs Roma

Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina reflected upon his performance in the 3-2 derby win over Roma last night.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via LazioNews24) after the game, the 39-year-old Spanish goalkeeper spoke about the team’s performance in the Derby della Capitale victory.

Every now and then a few saves, first 30 minutes good, then we missed something and they punished us. On corner kicks they were dangerous. 

We conceded a goal and we were hesitant, then we took the game in hand, then at the end it is normal to suffer but maybe it is more satisfying to win this way.

He spoke about some of his incredible saves to deny Roma talisman Nicolo Zaniolo.

The shot in the second half was not the most difficult, the one on a corner kick may seem trivial but I was lucky enough to deflect it onto the post, I’m happy to have contributed to the team’s victory.

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The former Liverpool shot stopper spoke about the satisfaction of the Rome derby.

In a derby there are no favourites, in front of all these wonderful fans it was a different game. 

The only thing we did wrong in terms of points was in Cagliari, where we were two points short.

The Lazio goalkeeper commented on the performance of Pedro and what he said to the winger before the match.

When you approach big games you need to have great players, and he is one, he showed it. 

I told him to have fun because this was going to be his game and it was.

Finally, Reina discussed his fellow defenders and the requests of coach Maurizio Sarri.

The way of defending has changed, I am very happy to work with these guys who are doing everything possible to shorten the time and make sure that the ideas of the coach are learned as soon as possible.

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The 39-year-old Reina, whose contract with Lazio expires next year in 2022, was one of the most important players on the pitch for the Biancocelesti in the derby against Roma, making a variety of incredible saves.

The former Napoli goalkeeper is still the Roman club’s number one, leaving Thomas Strakosha relegated to the bench.

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