Wednesday June 12 2013
Garcia: 'Proud to be at Roma'

New Roma Coach Rudi Garcia was presented in New York. “I am a faithful person and spent five years at Lille, so I hope to be at Roma for many years too.”

The 49-year-old French tactician agreed a two-season contract today and held a Press conference in NYC with President James Pallotta and director Walter Sabatini.

Summing up the multi-national nature of the club, the conference was held in English, Italian and French.

“I’d first of all like to spare a thought for Lille, the President and the fans. They launched my professional career and allowed me to win my trophies as a Coach. I am very proud and honoured to come to Roma,” said Garcia.

“Without getting into details about my playing philosophy today, I would prefer to approach tactical and technical issues in the later Press conference in Rome. I do this out of respect for the Italian journalists who cannot be here today.

“More than talking about objectives in the table, even if Roma need to rediscover Europe, but my role here now is to talk about objectives on the field. My philosophy of football is attacking, but I don’t forget that to win matches we need a solid defence.

“I am a faithful person and spent five years at Lille, so I hope to be at Roma for many years too.

“We will work for the happiness of our fans. Everyone talked to me about Roma. I know what the club and players represent, but now I need to get to Trigoria so I can get to meet them all in person. That is very important.

“Right now we are working with Sabatini to define what will be the Roma squad for 2013-14.”

Naturally, Garcia was asked about captain Francesco Totti and whether he had already spoken to him.

“I know Totti is a very important player. I will be glad to discuss the situation with Totti, but also all the other players. I am the kind of Coach who needs to love his players in order to share a project where we can all go far.”

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