Sunday September 29 2013
Garcia: 'Gervinho needed confidence'

Rudi Garcia was pleased to see Roma play with “joy and enthusiasm,” then explained why Gervinho has been reborn.

The Giallorossi continued their perfect record of six straight wins, demolishing Bologna 5-0.

“There is no such thing as a perfect team in football, as there is always something to improve,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“The players went out there with joy and enthusiasm. We know there are talents in this squad and we saw them tonight.”

Pre-season Garcia said the Scudetto was not within their sights and he’s sticking to that despite being top of the table.

“I haven’t changed my mind. Our objective is to get back into Europe and at most to get into the final sprint with the other favourites like Napoli and Juventus. We’ll see when we play against them what level we’re at. They are only two points behind us and that’s nothing.”

Gervinho was a flop at Arsenal, but has now scored three goals in the last two Serie A games and seems a different player.

“He is a lad who needs confidence and we must understand that scoring opportunities he creates don’t exist without him there. He can get some wrong, but I prefer to have him there because I know he’ll create those opportunities.

“Gervinho has more experience now, is happy with his Roma teammates and it’s easier for him to play with such talented players by his side.

“Francesco Totti is a wonderful player with the ball at his feet, so he needs to touch the ball as much as possible, then we have two other strikers coming up from various angles, including Alessandro Florenzi.

“It is important that we have options at our disposal. Adem Ljajic came on and scored today, while Marco Borriello has different characteristics to the other strikers.”

Garcia was seen telling the staff to water the pitch before the game, but in the second half a thunderstorm struck the Olimpico.

“This pitch is fairly new and therefore a bit hard, so I preferred it to be wet. Then the sky did it for me.”