Monday March 17 2014
Garcia: 'Udinese made Roma suffer'

Rudi Garcia admits Roma “hadn’t suffered like this at home” all season after a 3-2 win over Udinese.

“We had done many great things, but also given away too many chances. We hadn’t suffered like this at home for 15 games,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“They say football is the art of making life difficult for yourself, but we got the three points and that was the important thing.

“We could’ve scored more goals, but without a great Morgan De Sanctis performance we could’ve conceded more too.

“We made mistakes and misplaced some very easy passes. That is the problem, as we must be always concentrated and never leave anything to the opposition.”
Francesco Totti and Mattia Destro started together for only the second time this season, the other being a 4-0 win over Catania in December.

“We scored three goals and had the chance to score another two or three. We created a lot in attack, so I am happy with the performance of these players. We knew the captain couldn’t play a full 90 minutes, but he was truly illuminating tonight.

“I am above all happy with the way the team played, as remember we were without Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Douglas Maicon.”

Udinese were 2-0 down at half-time, but kept the match open and left the result in the balance to the end.

“They never gave up and usually after going 3-1 up the game is finished. It is a reminder we need to be more concentrated and determined all the way to the final whistle.

“Radja Nainggolan arrived in January and Rodrigo Taddei has only really played the last two games, so they need time to get to know the style of their teammates. It isn’t an alibi, as we played well, but it’s not right to play well and allow your opponents so many chances.”

The night was dedicated to Strootman, who is out for the rest of the season and will undergo knee ligament surgery tomorrow.

“He knows how we feel and we sent many messages to Kevin. We await him and hope we can achieve Champions League qualification for him to play in that tournament with us next season.”

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