Wednesday January 8 2014
Reloading the Giallorossi

Having lost their unbeaten start to the season with defeat at Juventus, Rudi Garcia is tasked with getting his Roma outfit back on track. Luca Cetta writes.

Scheduled for the initial round following the winter break - and given it was first versus second - there was much hype surrounding Juventus’ clash with Roma.

For the Bianconeri it was the chance to move clear of the chasing pack approaching the second half of the campaign. Rudi Garcia’s men could reignite their chase after a stuttering end to 2013. They were confident their fourth Juventus Stadium trip would prove more fruitful than the first three, all losses. Following 90 minutes of high-octane action, Roma’s 17-match unbeaten start to the season was brought to an abrupt end. It’s a new sensation for Garcia.

Not often has he struggled for answers during his short stint in Italian football. But in the face of a Juve side content to allow the visitors possession and territory - nullifying their counter-attacking threat - Garcia’s men were toothless in the final third. Roma played well, but could not break through the Bianconeri wall.

The Frenchman admitted his surprise at the tactic: “We played a very good first half and I had forgotten we were playing on the home turf of the Serie A leaders, who usually kept possession and pushed opponents back into their own half here.”

Roma were then hurt by the Turin club scoring immediately after the interval. Whatever was said at the break essentially went out the window. “It hurt to concede straight after the restart,” mused Garcia. His side were shell-shocked and offered little afterwards.

They then cracked before Garcia’s eyes. Daniele De Rossi was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Giorgio Chiellini with 15 minutes remaining. He barely had time to go down the tunnel when joined by Leandro Castan after a deliberate handball. “It’s difficult to end the game with nine men, that is true, but we did not lose because of that. When Daniele was sent off, it was already 2-0 for Juve,” Garcia conceded.

For the first time since arriving in the capital, Garcia tasted the bitterness of defeat. Under his leadership the Giallorossi enjoyed the best ever start to a Serie A season, and ahead of the second half of the campaign they sit second. He remains solidly behind the squad. “I am 100 per cent confident in my players. After a defeat we have to push forward and use the feelings of disappointment we have tonight in our future games.”

His task is to get the team back on their feet for the weekend visit of ninth-placed Genoa. Roma go into the game having won just twice in eight matches since that historic 10th win, against Chievo in late October.

There’s no reason to suggest Garcia cannot get the players up and functioning again. Think back to his arrival at Trigoria. He took over a despondent squad reeling from their Coppa Italia Final defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Lazio in May. For Federico Balzaretti, that moment was ‘rock bottom’. Garcia instilled belief.

The players responded immediately, starting with the opening day victory at Livorno. They’ve overcome difficult challenges since, like that of the Rome Derby, plus Inter, Napoli and Fiorentina. Roma may have fallen short at Juventus but it was their first setback. And they are not the only ones. Juve have taken 49 points from a possible 54. As director Walter Sabatini noted, they are more mature than the Giallorossi.

Garcia maintains their primary aspiration remains achievable. “There are another 60 points available, but the title is not our objective. Our objective is to get back into Europe, so we are now second and that is a good place to be in. After that, we’ll see what happens.”

Roma will learn from the Juventus Stadium setback. They can use the disappointment as added motivation. Like Garcia says, the capital club remain in a good position, but there is no time to sulk – Napoli are just two points behind. He’s lifted them before, so look for a Roman revival starting with the clash against the Grifoni.

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Have your say...
Doormatinator" ya" ain't worth the pinky on my toe seriously. (What is it with you short nerdy kids giving yourself strong boastful names like ( Dominator, boss c'mon kids "really"!). I don't get it, why not just brush your teeth kiss mom and dad gnight and leave the soccer lingo to the adults.
on the 15th January, 2014 at 2:36am
Dominator n' Boss were just two pathetic childish. Since we realize that you are both lunatic (and fool of course), we advice you to go to psychologist.
on the 14th January, 2014 at 5:28pm
@dominator Just the fact that you´re calling yourself "dominator" shows that you´re in fact the poor, sorry guy working in a car wash this very moment. Not that there´s anything wrong with that per se but it´s not my fault that you´re bitter and having a serious self esteem problem. This is Romas page at football Italia so why r u even here if u don´t support the team?? Talk about being a loser.. Loser.
on the 13th January, 2014 at 9:27pm
dodo and nicola

Do you two actually have lives? You blog on here at all times of the day. Get a job you losers. If youre strugglign i'll give you both a fiver each to wash my car.

You better do a good job as well.
on the 13th January, 2014 at 1:27pm

Dude are you for real? the compariosns with Boss get boring after a bit try changing the record.

Whats the matter cant you handle being schooled by me and Boss? Hurt your feelings has it?

You cant put any facts forward because you are incapable. All you do is talk garbage.

Why on earth are you talking about Napoleon lol. This is about italian football being easy not about your french lover. You don't do much to counter Boss' argument that you are an idiot do you.
on the 13th January, 2014 at 1:24pm
Boss. And I do mean boss, I do and will tend to bust your little bubble. You strike me to be an individual that is very small. You must suffer from the (Napoleon complex). Here I'll explain, what it is would be a small man standing on a fairly sized rock looking down, but really your small. AND LET ME SAY "YOUR NO NAPOLEON" BY A LONG SHOT, in wits and smarts that is your not. But in size maybe a bit shorter. Dude stop pounding your chest." BTW" , rat, destroy me, dude "really" c'mon........
on the 12th January, 2014 at 5:03pm
I just said that I wouldn´t be as cocky as you´re trying to be when Juve played 1-1 with copenhagen. What part of that don´t you understand?

You would never dare to say these things if you weren´t behind a computer anyway, so,for your own sake.. Stop overcompensating!!
It´s all too obvious for everybody here anyway that you´re a fake who pretends to be something that they really know that they´re not. Pathetic. Oh, by the way "lol"?? Really?? What are you, 12 years old?
on the 12th January, 2014 at 12:34pm

It's nice to have my humour ratified by an idiot such as yourself.

Overcompensate for what lol, do you just say things to try and sound clever because it isn't working.

Bring it on? Let me educate you. In a debate one person makes a statement to which another disagrees and says why. I said Italian football is easy and juve are good in an easy league. Now it is for you to give me some facts or reasons as to why my statement is wrong. God damn you're dense.
on the 12th January, 2014 at 11:45am

I'll add that in your very last post you concede my argument, that Italian football is down for the count. All I've said in my posts is that serie A is easy for juve. It was then you and the other idiots that started crying. Now I know it's hard for your small brain but don't talk nonsense to me unless you have a valid argument to make aginst me that will prove me wrong. You accept Italian footy sucks like I do so stop barking.
on the 12th January, 2014 at 11:41am
Frankie I'm a glory hunter? Ok try and provide some evidence to substantiate such a claim when throughout my time blogging I've always said I support juve. I don't selectively choose facts to slate Italian football, it is on a table. The best team in Italy can't so anything in the CL. You sit there moaning but can't argue against Italian football sucking because you know I'm right.
on the 12th January, 2014 at 11:36am
Nicole frank and doodoo

Get a room lads.

Nicole unlike you I don't need spell check. I can spell. My advice to you is you take English lessons. Read your last post the English was woeful. Who actually cares about nominations and goal statistics. Let's talk trophies and European progress and contrast Italian progress with the big dogs like EPL, la liga and Bundesliga. Italian football hasn't made a mark in European football since 2010 and that was mourinho who takes almost all credit for that
on the 12th January, 2014 at 11:30am

hahaha!! You´re funny dude. A big joke. Too bad that a person who says they have a "strong personality" really are a big loser. Everybody in here knows that you´re just trying to overcompensate.

Well, just bring it on douche because the more u try, the more it become obvious...
on the 12th January, 2014 at 10:43am
Well said Frank. Finally some people on this blog site that are scholars and gentlemen.
on the 12th January, 2014 at 1:40am
I Can't believe you called another user on this bog a rat and your going to destroy them- what are you on?
Most people who use this site are smart enough to know Serie A is not a top league anymore. As much as I love Italian football I know there's problems, it seems to be one step forward two steps back.
Most people know the problems that in Italian football they don't need your hate lies BOSS.
BOSS get a girlfriend and enjoy life.
on the 11th January, 2014 at 11:28pm
BOSS........ Your not a Juve fan but a glory hunting Chelsea/EPL fan (is fan the right word to call you).
It makes me laugh when you tell other people to educate themselves on football, take your on advice kid. You pick and choose football facts to suit your anti- Italian views, as I said to you before your a bigot.
Have you been to a Juve game before, for a so- called fan all you do is slag them off.
You play football- Really!
There's no Serie A love from you. BOSS life is to sort to hate.
on the 11th January, 2014 at 10:43pm
Hey Boss it really doesn't take much to get you fired up. Well since you are the intellect (joke) of soccer as a whole, "Oh by the way please try not using spell check! Next time. What is a JUVE FAN which your "NOT", Is being a supporter through thick and thin (Clown) . AND by the way Juve has been nominated as 1 of the 5 best teams in europe with the most goals for average just after bayern Munich. (Your just a poser windbag that's all. By the way aren't you grounded ( no tv for you buddy...
on the 11th January, 2014 at 8:23pm

Have you taken your medication? You sound like a crazy fool. It gets boring being accused of being other people whenever that individual agrees with me or trashes Italian football.

I would happily go to Turin and tell juventus they rule Italy but not Europe. I think most would agree. You're a little rookie kid that talks slick on a blog. You probably know little about football outside of Italy. Educate yourself u rat. U even try and argue serie a is still a top league I'll destroy u
on the 11th January, 2014 at 6:37pm
31 Sul Campo

A very straightforward question to you. What evidence do you have to substantiate me supporting any dominant team? I'm a juventus supporter. I support them but I'm also a realist. I'm confident I know more about football then you ever will. You're one of those idiots that plays FIFA and gets excited. Up until recently I played REAL football. Now shut up.
on the 11th January, 2014 at 6:31pm

Ah so you're the two bit psychologist? I do admit I am quite a strong personality and competitive. Just like you're a submissive wimp. I like destroying people in debates and weak people like you don't stand a chance.

And if you read my previous post I acknowledge juve got a spanking from the CL teams. You're obviously not an intellect otherwise you would have picked up on that. Now cue your useless response.
on the 11th January, 2014 at 6:28pm
@ manny juve fan. Well put, Seria A is on it's way up we just need to give it time. In the last 5 years it's been all about balancing the books. Juve did this with careful planning and doing the right moves. I personally want to see Roma, Milan, Naples, Fiorentina and even Inter get back on their feet and play some great football. Forza Seria A.........
on the 11th January, 2014 at 12:24am
@ Denominator yup that's you, another wanna be boss. Oh I forget you two are the same person. (Dominator/boss). You two "oh I mean, Dom/boss scuse me I didn't get the memo, you just cannot be Juve fans. Juve fans have pride and wear their colours you two just are posers ooops! I mean (Dom/Boss)sorry again my bad. Schucks! Just can't get it right hmmmm......
on the 11th January, 2014 at 12:03am
@ Boss........ WTF! Are you serious dissing serie A like that saying the danish leagues and the Turkish leagues Blah! BLAH!Blah!. JUVENTUS DESERVE! To be at the top you funny undeserving blatant repressive foolish CLOWN. For the love of Humanity little "Hobbitt" go on another sight. I'd love to see you in Turin pull your BULL talk there. YEAH Right thought so, Your NO! JUVENTUS FAN, "BOZO"the Clown. Isn't it past your bedtime 8:00pm. Your a Joke.
on the 10th January, 2014 at 11:49pm

I find it interesting how u seem to have a problem with your self esteem which makes u have to pretend that you´re superior to others. It doesn´t really make a lot of sense since your team played 1-1 with Copenhagen. Are u a big phony or are u just insecure?

Regardless, it´s pretty uncool and I would find it more suitable to be a little modest when you obviously are at the same level as Copenhagen.
on the 10th January, 2014 at 7:36pm
Gervinho is exciting with the ball but his legs are much faster than his brain as his decisions are 2 laughable. Llajic has been a disappointment as he too makes the wrong decisions and unlike Gervinho, doesnt deserve to be included week in week out. Pjanic is magnificent and should be played further forward in my view. I think both CBs have been great not sure why anyone would suggest they need others. Rudi makes some odd subs like tsorodis 4 Dodo (what was dat). Just need to b more ruthless
on the 10th January, 2014 at 12:34pm
Roma need to score more goals as it seems that no matter how many chances they create, 1 goal is usually what they score. Drawing at home with Sassuolo was a worse result than losing to Juventus. Totti aside, the final pass is usually a poor 1 after good build up play. Dodo is useless so they need a left back. I dont know why DDR is never asked to push forward. He is a better passer of the ball and can strike the ball better than Strootman, who always plays it backwards but he is always @ d back
on the 10th January, 2014 at 12:27pm
Boss and Dominator don't represent Juve fans. They know very little about football and will hop to support any dominant team.
This season is far from over and Juve must remain focused and humble.
Serie A is growing but it takes time. Let's not forget that most clubs haven't sold out to foreign investors which is why the cash flow is tight, but why our nazionale has remained strong...unlike in so-called better leagues.
on the 9th January, 2014 at 11:22pm

Lol I reckon my old school team could probably finish first that how easy serie A is. A fifty year old is the star player.

Anonymous and frank

Don't be silly juventus would get slapped around in the Danish and Turkish leagues lol. They need something harder then serie A but easier then Danish and Turk leagues, Scottish league maybe?

Viktoria, who said you could talk. At least were in Europa. Athletico r going to destroy u. They can run. Now pipe down. Speak when spoken to.
on the 9th January, 2014 at 7:07pm

Yeah, lets move you to CL. Oh wait.. we saw how that went.
on the 9th January, 2014 at 5:22pm
Hey BOSS, maybe Denmark better for Juve. Oh wait,they going to have to play Copenhagen again lol scratch that out
on the 9th January, 2014 at 2:12pm
Juve showed more class (and intelligence) on & off the pitch. Totti's foolish words & DDR's suspect temperament really did Roma no favours. It will be interesting to see how both Garcia & Roma react to this defeat. The signings of Nainggolan, Sanabria, & Parades look like good moves.
on the 9th January, 2014 at 1:44pm

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