Lazio manager Edy Reja has expressed his delight at being able to beat archrivals Roma in the most fierce derby in Italy recently.

Lazio and Roma met each other with Lazio ahead of Roma in the table. This fixture has always caused animosity amongst the fans, which was even more evident than in recent seasons. Thankfully, aside from the few incidents made against Roma players, the match was played in good spirit.

Lazio won the match 2-1 and Edy Reja, who has been under pressure up until now, sprang with joy at being able to speak with confidence about the ideas for the future.

Even though Lazio are some way behind leaders AC Milan and second placed Juventus, Edy Reja has said that anything is possible in football and believes that Lazio can still catch the leaders. Lazio last won the title under the guidance of Sven Goran Eriksson many years ago, and the prospect of doing the same can certainly be seen in the eyes of Edy Reja. The club are three points behind second placed Juventus, while they are six points behind table leaders AC Milan.

Even after the 5-1 defeat at the hands of Palermo a few weeks back, Edy Reja expressed his delight at being able to see Lazio at this position in the table.

"AC Milan are difficult to reach, but Juve are in sight. We must believe, especially if we get back all our players. The future? I agree with the president to continue our relationship through the coming years. We just need harmony with the group and club," Edy Reja said after the match.

Lazio are currently in contention with fourth placed Udinese, who are just two points behind them.

Napoli are also in the mix for the third position as well, though their thoughts might be forcusing a littel more on Europe where they face Chelsea in the knockout stages (The online Champions League betting makes them slim favourites to qualify for the next round).