Lazio boss Edoardo Reja watched his side defeat high-flying Napoli 2-0 on Sunday and the coach believes the capital club can fight for the title this season after ending their two-game losing streak.
"I have a very competitive team. We will definitely fight to the end for the top positions, certain things went against us but it happens that you lose sometimes," said Reja to AFP.
"I am not happy about the criticisms that rained down on us after the Cesena defeat. I make decisions for the good of the team and against Cesena I was convinced I could rest some players and still get a result.
"Unfortunately it went badly but those who were rested there were decisive against Napoli."
Reja was delighted that goalscorer Mauro Zarate's lean spell came to an end at home, the little Argentine forward not only got himself on the scoresheet but set up Sergio Floccari for the second.
"From a morale point of view he certainly needed that goal, Mauro needs to find his confidence because he is a player who can make a real difference, " Reja said.