Sunday January 26 2014
Garcia: 'Roma win regardless'

Rudi Garcia thought Roma “would’ve won” regardless of their controversial penalty at Verona and kept Scudetto hopes alive.

Today’s 3-1 victory at the Stadio Bentegodi moved the Giallorossi within six points of leaders Juventus, who were held 1-1 by Lazio.

“We knew this was an important opportunity to take points off Napoli and Juve, so we made the most of it,” said Garcia in his Press conference.

“We saw during the week in the Coppa Italia that Juve are not unbeatable. Our destiny is not in our hands, but we must be ready to take advantage of their slip-ups and that’s what we did today.

“I didn’t like the first half, while after the break we kept it simple and had more movement. It wasn’t easy to play here.”

Gervinho set up a goal and scored another, confirming his solid form.

“He can still do better. He is helped by the fact the team has full faith in him, as that means he can play his game: targeting opponents in the one-on-one. When he plays like that, Gervinho is devastating.”

There were Verona complaints on the penalty, as the tackle on Vasilis Torosidis seemed to be clean.

“We were already 2-1 up, so we would’ve won anyway. Let’s leave the referees in peace, as they too can make mistakes when they have a split-second to decide. We need to respect them and help their work.”

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