Friday February 21 2014
Garcia: Fans must respect rules

Rudi Garcia says he hopes to stay at Roma for a long time and bring success, as he urges fans to follow regulations on territorial discrimination.

The Giallorossi Coach celebrated his 50th birthday during the week and received messages of congratulations from the likes of President James Pallotta and midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

Their messages also remarked at the hope of seeing the Frenchman stay with the club for the long term, and today he has reciprocated.

“I was particularly struck by the message from Daniele, which was a beautiful message,” began Garcia in his Press conference today.

“I also hope to spend a long time here in Trigoria and when there is a new training centre, I am happy here, I have the will to win here and to bring trophies to Roma, so let’s move forward.”

Garcia was asked about Roma’s fans having earned another partial stadium closure at the Olimpico for territorial discrimination - anti-Neapolitan chants.

“There is a regulation, if it is right or wrong that is not the issue, they are there and fans must adapt to them, because in the short term it may not be a danger to play without our fans, but in the long term we need them.”

Mattia Destro has recently returned from injury with some good form, prompting talk of a call-up to the Italy squad.

“He’s got the quality, he is a prolific goalscorer, he has goals in his blood, but I hope for continuity from him, like the national team Coach will hope for.

“You cannot take a player because he has been good for only two months, he must work hard on the field and show his character and quality, so we will push him a little because for the good of Roma and Italy he can be a major player.”

Garcia was talking today ahead of Roma’s League trip out to Bologna. In light of Juventus and Napoli’s Europa League activity in midweek, the tactician was asked if this could prove a crucial juncture to I Lupi’s campaign.

“All parts of the season are important, but it is true that with the Europa League we must take advantage of our physical level from tomorrow.

“We must give our best to win in Bologna and see how those teams who played in Europe behave, because it is normal for teams playing in Europe to be more tired than others.

“Bologna? In recent games they have done really well, so for this trip we have to be at 100 per cent, especially on a psychological level.

“There is a lot of respect for them. They have lost a champion like Alessandro Diamanti, but without him they remain a good team and can be dangerous.

“Have we bounced back from recent poor form? The important thing is that if we exclude the Coppa Italia, we won in Verona, and it is difficult to win there because Juve did not.

“We must take a cue from there and move on to Bologna like this. If we play to 100 per cent then we will have the chance to win, so we cannot go there thinking that the game is already won.

“No game is won before you have played well and at 100 per cent, and I expect this from Roma tomorrow.”