Friday October 18 2013
Garcia: 'A pyrrhic victory'

Rudi Garcia saw Roma earn “a pyrrhic victory” 2-0 over Napoli after losing Francesco Totti and Gervinho.

“I am happy with the win, but it was a pyrrhic victory, as we lost Totti and Gervinho. They are muscular problems and will require further tests,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Nonetheless, I am happy because we won and in a tough game like this you need to take every chance on set plays.”

Daniele De Rossi performed an acrobatic goalline clearance on Goran Pandev while it was still goalless.

“It is a symbol, and I won’t forget De Sanctis performed a great save, while Daniele helped him. Seeing Morgan thank Daniele afterwards was a great sign.”

Roma are now only the fourth team ever to win the opening eight Serie A games after Juventus in 1930-31, 1985-86 and 2005-06.

“Tonight Totti’s Roma matched Michel Platini’s Juventus under the gaze of Diego Maradona. I am very proud to have contributed to that.”

Incredibly, the Giallorossi have scored 22 goals and conceded only one – against Parma.

“We are very strong in defence, but for the moment we also know how to score goals – at least two in every game. Daniele is a wonderful player and his ‘wall’ with Leandro Castan and Mehdi Benatia is a solid one I’ve liked since the start.

“Miralem Pjanic can also take free kicks like Juninho Pernambucano, though this one was a little different. At the start of the summer I knew a midfield with De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Pjanic would be very strong. That area is the heart of my football. Kevin played when fatigued, but he did so with great courage.

“The injuries are a problem, but on the positive side they’ll give others an opportunity to play, such as Marco Borriello and Adem Ljajic.”

Dodo received a rare start, stepping in for the suspended Federico Balzaretti.

“He did well. He was a little stressed in the opening 10 minutes, but then played well and his teammates helped him, especially Castan. He concentrated on defending more than attacking, which was a good thing to do.”