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Saturday December 7 2013
Garcia: '11 wolves against Viola'

Roma are coming off four consecutive stalemates, but Rudi Garcia trusts they will be “11 wolves” against Fiorentina.

The Serie A fixture kicks off at 11.30 GMT on Sunday, click here for a match preview.

“When I make a choice, it is always a good choice, but then it’s too easy to change your mind,” said the Coach in a Press conference.

“The plan is to play against Fiorentina the way we did in the last half-hour with Atalanta. Our objective is to play well and beat Fiorentina.

“We must not pay attention to the results of other teams and focus only on Roma. We want to win, nothing more and nothing less.”

The Viola are fresh from a chaotic 4-3 victory over Verona, so the crowd at the Olimpico should get an entertaining game.

“On paper two teams play good football and score lots of goals, but football is so strange that we could end up with a 0-0! First of all I want to win, then we hope it will be an interesting spectacle for the fans – especially our fans. We play to bring joy to our supporters.

“We are unbeaten, there will be 50,000 fans at the Olimpico and we will certainly see 11 wolves on the field.”

The tactician was asked whether the four consecutive draws had sapped some belief out of supporters and media.

“The only people I must convince are my players. The others are not important. I am behind the players because we are a strong team and want to make our fans proud. We play well, but just need to be more efficient with our scoring opportunities in order to win.”

Francesco Totti’s injury has coincided with the downturn in results and the captain could potentially be on the bench tomorrow.

“We spoke to Francesco and decided we’ll see what happens in the final training session today, then make a decision together.”

Roma President James Pallotta is visiting the city this weekend and sat in on the Press conference, jokingly asking a question about Garcia’s tendency to get sent off for dissent.

“Seeing as my President is here, aren’t there any questions on club affairs or Chinese investors?” was the response.

Garcia has been critical of refereeing decisions recently, insisting there was a penalty in last week’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta.

“What I think is that today it is possible to give referees more help with the use of video evidence. I believe it is a positive thing to help the officials, but at the moment they have half a second to decide and we can watch the same footage 10 times from different angles. We should take an example from rugby, which has made steps forward.

“At least video evidence ought to be used when seeing if the ball crossed the line or not, whether a foul was inside the box. It’s not easy for referees.”

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