Friday September 27 2013
Garcia hails birthday boy Totti

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has wished Francesco Totti a happy 37th birthday. “The important thing is how old you feel.”

The club captain remains a key figure at Trigoria and recently extended his contract in the capital until 2016.

“I've still not seen Francesco, but the captain's birthday is of course an important day,” Garcia noted. “I wish him many happy returns.

“As I've already said, he's not only an immense player, but a wonderful human being. And he's also humble like all great players.

“Before arriving here I knew the player and the superstar – everyone in football knows the captain. But Totti is a great person too.

“I'm happy he's extended his contract. People usually talk about players being legends once they've retired, but Francesco still has the chance to write his own legend. And I hope to do it alongside him.

“It's how old you feel that's important, not the age on your passport – that's why Totti's still young.”

The Giallorossi have had a fine start to the season under their new Coach given that they are top of the table after five wins from five.

“We're top at the moment, but if we look over our shoulder there are only two points difference from the chasing pack and we're talking about great teams.

“The praise we're getting in the papers is too much,” the Frenchman warned. “We haven't won anything – only five games.

“We need to think about the match coming up. It's better not to get caught up in things other than the match. We need to do everything we can to extend this unbeaten run. This is the most important thing of all.”

Roma will entertain Bologna at the weekend. “We’ve studied them,” he continued. “They've got a lot of quality in their team, and they can score goals.

“They have a big player in Alessandro Diamanti. I watched him at the Olimpico for the national team against Argentina and when he came on he changed Italy's play.”

Garcia was also asked about the possibility that the game against Napoli next month could be postponed due to a planned protest in the city.

“I would like to play the Napoli tie on October 19,” he added. “I wouldn't want to go 22 days without a game. We’ll see what the local prefect says.”