Friday October 25 2013
Garcia on Roma offensive

Roma boss Rudi Garcia will be without the injured Francesco Totti and Gervinho at Udinese, but he insists he has plenty of attacking options.

The duo picked up problems in the 2-0 win over Napoli on Friday and will not travel to the Stadio Friuli this weekend.

“There's Marquinho, Adem Ljajic or Marco Borriello available, without forgetting that we can also push Miralem Pjanic further forward into the front three,” the Frenchman noted.

“Yes, we've lost the captain for a few games and when a team loses its best player it's never good news.

“No one can play like Francesco because he's unique. If Borriello plays, our game will be different, because we'd have greater quality in the air.

“If Pjanic or Ljajic play, it will be different again.

“We could also put someone else in who's more inclined to run into space high up the field. We'll see on Sunday.

“But we've shown that we're a strong, united group – we'll be a different team against Udinese, but I hope we'll still be a strong one.”

Roma have won all eight of their League games so far this term, but Garcia is respectful of the threat Udinese will carry.

“We're focused on the next match and we mustn't think about numbers or records,” he continued. “What matters is being focused on our play and the strengths of Udinese.

“Udine is never an easy place to play. I'm not forgetting that they haven't lost at home for 22 matches, but I've got different options for my best XI – the squad will go to Fruili to win, like always.

“I don't know how Francesco Guidolin's guys are going to approach the match, you'd be better off asking their Coach…

“They have talented players, they're good on the break, and they play the ball high up the field for Antonio Di Natale.

“We need to be aware of these details, but we also need to be able to play our own game. This is the most important thing.”

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