Reja ready for Lazio scrap

Biancocelesti boss confident of maintaining Serie A status

Reja: Relishing Lazio challenge

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New Lazio boss Edy Reja insists he is not fazed by the Italian strugglers' current predicament.

The two-time Serie A champions are languishing in the relegation zone after last weekend's defeat to Catania and the Biancocelesti have charged Reja as the man to assure their survival after dismissing Davide Ballardini this week.

And the former Napoli boss, who has signed a deal until 2011, is relishing the opportunity to improve fortunes in Rome.

"Surely this is a good challenge," said the much travelled tactician, who left his post at Hajduk Split to return to his native land. "Lazio have important values. This side don't deserve the standing situation in which they are, because they have big values."

Lazio's forgotten man Cristian Ledesma looks set to benefit from Reja's appointment after sporting director Igli Tare confirmed the Argentina-born midfielder could feature in Sunday's trip to Parma.

Tare told website Cittaceleste: "Ledesma is with the team. Should the coach want to take him into consideration he could enter the ground in the next game."