Friday February 28 2014
‘Roma fans must learn’

Roma Coach Rudi Garcia says his side’s fans must learn to abide by the rules if they wish to avoid playing behind closed Curve in the future.

The Giallorossi face doing just this when they take on Inter at the Stadio Olimpico this weekend and it is not something the French tactician wants to see happen too often.

“In the short term it is not a problem,” Garcia told his pre-match Press conference. “We need to play as we did with them there, thinking only about the game.

“In the long term though it could be harmful, the fans need to learn to adapt to the rules, whether the rules are right or wrong.

“The problem with the rules is that they are left too open to interpretation and it seems that while one incident is punished another one is not.

“Let’s hope that this is the last time something like this happens.”

The 50-year-old was then questioned about the condition of Francesco Totti and the mental state of his team ahead of the game with the Nerazzurri.

“Francesco is feeling better but he is in pain,” Garcia explained. “It’s not a muscular problem.

“He took a bad knock and the pain is gradually going but he is not ready yet to help the team.

“I think that he should be back for the Napoli game though.

“The team has a strong desire to win and to get back to competing in Europe.

“A team can fluctuate in many ways as a season progresses but our players are mentally strong, united and nobody ever gives up.

“Playing well it is easy to win, but at times you must win when you are not playing well, as we did at Bologna.

“Walter Mazzarri has always got his teams to play in an effective way, but what matters to me is what we do.”

Finally, Garcia discussed the club’s ownership and stadium situations.

“The fact that Sabatini is staying is important, it is a sign for us and great news,” he said.

“He is a real professional, he has done a good job and I would like him to stay for a long time.

“On the stadium, the Americans understand how important it is to have our own one.

“At the Olimpico there is rugby, there are concerts and it is not just for football.

“To be great we need a stadium of our own.”