Saturday January 4 2014
Garcia: 'Roma can conquer Juventus'

Rudi Garcia assures Roma “will go to the Juventus Stadium intent on winning, because that’s what we always do.”

The top two teams go head-to-head in Turin on Sunday at 19.45 GMT in a Scudetto showdown. Click here for a match preview.

“Will this prove who is the strongest team between Juve and Roma? No, it won’t give a response to that question. Both sides have strengths and weaknesses,” noted the Frenchman in his Press conference.

“Winning games is always important, but there is still half a season to be played after the final whistle in Turin.

“We will go to the Juventus Stadium intent on winning, because that’s what we always do regardless of the opposition or the venue.

“It will be a great game between two great teams with a great referee. May the best side win.”

Garcia is still unbeaten on the Roma bench, but Juventus have won their last nine Serie A games on the bounce.

“Everyone seems to think we’re already beaten, so we have everything to gain and nothing to lose. I have only been on this bench for six months and in 2014 I want to continue with the entertaining football that has allowed us to win so far.

“We must remain concentrated for the entire 90 minutes. If we score or concede, then that mustn’t change anything. We must play the whole match with conviction and counter their strengths.

“I prefer the pressure of the big game. It means we have been doing well since the start of the season and are in a position to fight for results that count. I’d jump at the chance to always play at this level.

“So far we have done well against the big clubs. Tomorrow will be an interesting tie and we’ll see how we react to the situation. What really counts is leaving the field with our heads held high after doing everything possible to win.”

Garcia was complimentary towards Antonio Conte and the Bianconeri.

“They were programmed to win the Scudetto and perhaps also the Champions League, as they have basically two squads of a very high level to choose from. Playing on home turf is also an advantage for them.

“I only met Antonio once and we spoke for five minutes. I have a great deal of respect for his results, as two Scudetti and currently top of the table says it all. He is a very good Coach.

“Andrea Pirlo is a world class player, we all know that, but this is XI against XI and we’ll see what happens. I can guarantee that we’ll play our game.

“Francesco Totti said he believes in this team and I like that. He is like a beacon for the others and if he believes then all the others can believe too. We are hungry like the wolf and very determined, as every time we score it feels like netting in a World Cup Final.

“However, if we win in Turin then I’ll focus only on lowering the enthusiasm level around the team. If we win, then we’ll be only two points off the top and you’ll talk about the Scudetto, but there’s a long way to go yet. All that matters now is to have the best performance in Turin.”