Miralem Pjanic has explained Roma’s ambition for the season and also the difference in rapport between Zdenek Zeman and Rudi Garcia.
The Giallorossi head into the new season with expectation of an improved title fight with Juventus and Napoli, and their creative midfielder not in disagreement.
“We can do it all. Against Inter we suffered but there is time to fix things and to get to 100 per cent in our condition. We want to win this Scudetto,” Pjanic has told the Corriere dello Sport.
“Is this the strongest Roma I’ve seen? I think so. We have had players arrive who have made us grow in level.
“And we have young players who understand football and also have so much talent. But above all, this year the group has changed with respect to the past.
“Is this a club-wide message? Certainly. But we are not favourites. There is always Juventus, who deserved to win the League last year, and then Napoli.
“We are there next and in contention. The pitch will provide us with the answers.”
Pjanic was asked who his strongest opponent faced so far in Italy was, but chose to reflect on a team instead, Juve again.
“Among the individuals I cannot recall one in particular. I remember the club - Juventus. They are compact, they do not leave space, with them you cannot afford to make mistakes.
“It is how they beat us last year. This year…hopefully will be better.”
Pjanic was asked of the difference in approach the Coach has had in the past 12 months. Rudi Garcia came in last summer after a difficult season under Zdenek Zeman.
“[Zeman] had a certain idea of football, which is not for me to judge. I do not know if he is a great Coach or not, that is for others to say - there are the numbers to look at.
“He did not engage with so many of us, believe me. We worked a lot, we worked hard, but without pleasure.
“With Garcia, everything is different - he speaks to you, listens to you, to your requests. His humility is important. With Zeman, this rapport did not exist.
“Luis Enrique? He taught me to see football in a different way - the movements, tactics, mindset. The whole team followed him.
“Unfortunately we did not have the time and patience for him to succeed in Rome.”