Monday January 13 2014
Garcia: 'Scudetto race is not over'

Roma Coach Rudi Garcia warned Juventus “the Scudetto race is not over yet” as he attended the Ballon d’Or gala.

The French tactician is in Zurich this evening for the ceremony, where Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Franck Ribery are short-listed as Player of the Year.

“I don’t know who the best player in the world is. It’s true Ribery won everything, but let us not forget Lionel Messi, who won this award four times. Whoever wins will be world class,” Garcia told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is a pleasure to be here and know so many people from the world of football. I’d give my Roma players a Ballon d’Or each, because they are having a great campaign. We must not give up and focus on the next challenge.”

The Giallorossi are now eight points behind Serie A leaders Juventus at the midway stage of the season.

“We must get our results, win as much as possible, then see what Juventus do. Now they are eight points in front and are stronger, but there’s a long way to go yet. The Scudetto race is not over.

“Meanwhile, I hope not to find out what our limits are. Having 44 points at this stage is already a record, though it’s still early.”

Roma strengthened over the January transfer window by bringing in Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari.

“He looks as if he’s been here for ages. He has a lot of talent, so I’m not surprised by how quickly he settled in. He is a good signing for us.”