Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina is increasingly becoming a key part of coach Maurizio Sarri’s squad.

As reported by Italian newspaper Il Tempo (via LazioNews24) yesterday, the 39-year-old Spanish goalkeeper had an incredible game in the Derby della Capitale win against Roma, making a number of key saves in the match, especially to stop Giallorossi talisman Nicolo Zaniolo.

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Reina’s characteristics are well known, with his determination, excitement and leadership all key parts of his game. His ability to participate in buildup play with his strong footwork make him fundamental in Sarri’s attacking system at Lazio.

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The 39-year-old Reina’s career speaks for itself; he has made the third most appearances in UEFA competitions with 178 and only Iker Casillas (188) and Cristiano Ronaldo (185) have made more.

Contracted to Lazio until next year in 2022, Reina seems set to remain a fundamental part of Sarri’s squad this season, leaving Thomas Strakosha relegated to the bench.