Rudi Garcia was still content with Roma’s season, despite a third consecutive defeat, and hailed “unique” Juventus.
The Giallorossi tested out several new faces for the 1-0 loss against Genoa this afternoon.
“I am not remotely upset, as this was the right time to see the young players in action and a sneak preview of the future,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We gave away the goal and were lacking determination in attack. We did well in the first half, but after the break didn’t play with our simple movements and tried to make it too complicated.”
Federico Ricci and Tin Jedvaj received their first Serie A starts, while Mazzitelli came on as a substitute for his debut.
“There’s a long road ahead and a lot of work to do, but Mazzitelli also played over half an hour. They have more experience now and we’ve got a better idea of what they can do.
“I don’t believe talent waits for age. We chose some young players this season and others who were not as well known, but they proved that they were up to the task.
“We have to analyse what is missing from this squad, but above all more quantity and quality, as we will be in the Champions League from September.”
Garcia was asked about his contract renegotiation, but would not comment on anything past next year.
“I will be the Coach of Roma next season, I’ve already said that and do not need to add any more. It is certain.”
Juventus shattered European records with 102 points in a single season and a perfect home record.
“We won’t see a leader like that again for a very long time, as going over 100 points is unique. Next season is a new term, we have to be concentrated and the club also wants to make a competitive squad.
“In Germany and Spain there are few teams after the first couple who can really challenge for the title or even the Champions League. In Italy there are Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Milan, Inter and Fiorentina, plus always a surprise element.
“Serie A is very competitive, so we need to make sure we are able to challenge in Serie A as well as the Champions League.”