Rudi Garcia dismissed the significance of beating Real Madrid and asserted that next season’s priority for Roma is finishing on top in Serie A.
The Giallorossi defeated Carlo Ancelotti’s team 1-0 in Dallas in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the second round of matches in the International Champions Cup.
However, the assertion that it signifies something heading into the coming season’s Champions League was quickly played down by the capital club’s French tactician.
“Real Madrid are ahead of us,” Garcia told reporters post-match.
“We won a friendly match. Of course it is always better to win. We are ambitious and it is nice to dream, because if you do not dream then you get bored.
“In the Champions League we are thinking to progressing from the group stage. Our priority is the League and we want to finish on top.
“There are so many good teams but we want to finish out ahead.
“What do Roma lack for the Champions League right now? It’s hard to say we still have much to do. However, we are on the right track.
“We have taken three points here and have the chance to get to the final. It is important to play this as the new players need it.”