Friday November 29 2013
Ferguson comparison spurs on Garcia

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has welcomed the long-term backing of President James Pallotta in our Soccer Italia exclusive.

Pallotta says he chose Garcia in the summer as the club wanted an Alex Ferguson like Coach who could stay with the Giallorossi for the next decade.

“It's something which motivates you to do better,” the Frenchman stated when asked about the chief’s statement.

“This motivates us to do even better for Roma, which must be the priority. I'm happy to be here for now and to work here.

“I've got a good relationship with the club and the players. Working in a quality and honest environment is the most important thing.

“It's always important to have good relationships and that is the case here.”

Roma made a sensational start to the season by winning their first 10 games, before drawing the last three which has seen them hand the leadership to Juventus.

“Bergamo is traditionally a tough place to go,” he added ahead of the weekend trip to Atalanta.

“The situation is similar to the one we faced ahead of Udinese, because Atalanta are a team that play well at home and always get results.

“We'll play our own game, as ever – we'll go there to win the match.

“I have confidence in my players, they're right up for it, we're hungry and want to play well. I'm relaxed, so are the players, and above all they're motivated, just like their Coach.”

The former Lille boss was inevitably asked about possible new signings at the start of 2014.

“I don't want to think about the January transfer window,” he explained. “What I'm reading in the papers is not true, I've not yet spoken to sporting director Walter Sabatini and we'll do that further down the track.

“I've got a squad I like, we're second, one point behind Juve.

“We've got experienced players and young guys – we've giving it our all, but we can still do more. Now we need to work hard and not think about January.”

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